Jesus Never Said: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

Perhaps you’ve heard the catchphrase: “God helps those who help themselves.” It might have come up at a dinner table during the election. In our day, this phrase comes up in political banter more than any other place. One side claims that Jesus gives everyone a fair go at life, so all you have to [Read More…]

Jesus Never Said: “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”

We attribute lots of things to Jesus and/or the bible. Lots of things. We go to the bible for our political views. We give Jesus credit for our slogans. We use ideas that have been handed down to us without testing them, and assume they are biblical. We all have likely done this at one [Read More…]

Entering Jesus’ Kingdom of Shalom

Recently, I’ve spent some time thinking about the kingdom of God. I continue to come back to the availability of God’s kingdom–that it is an already and not yet reality. It is a kingdom that can be summarized by the word, shalom. Shalom, in the broad sense is a word meaning “peace.” This Hebrew word goes [Read More…]

How Jesus Defeats the Monsters of the Deep (and Shows Us How to be Human)

During the Season of Lent at Pangea Church (Seattle), we’ve been walking through a series called “Encounters by the Sea.” The basic idea is that Jesus is the one who defeats evil. Here’s a longer summary of the talks: Much of the New Testament narrative of Jesus’ ministry takes place “by the water” – specifically by [Read More…]