SYNOPSIS: Claims that God will reap a great harvest of souls because of the mighty “signs and wonders” the church will perform do not square with Scripture.
I hear a lot of stress these days on seeking “signs and wonders.” Seemingly, church “leaders” are convinced, or they want to convince you, that it is through mighty supernatural “signs and wonders” that God will reap a final harvest of souls before the return of Jesus, an idea that does not fit comfortably with the gospel accounts of the New Testament. Continue reading Signs and Wonders or Christ Crucified?
SYNOPSIS: Disciples of Jesus must live in conscious service of others, especially of the weak. To abuse the weak is what it means for a disciple to become one whose “salt is salt-less.” – Mark 9:38-50.
John rarely spoke alone or for himself during the ministry of Jesus. Elsewhere, he spoke in conjunction with his brother James, as when they desired to call fire down on some Samaritans or when they asked Jesus to install them on his right and left hands (Luke 9:54, 10:35). Continue reading Faithful and Unfaithful Disciples
SYNOPSIS: Disciples of Jesus must live in conscious service of others, especially of the weak. To abuse the weak is what it means for a disciple to become one whose “salt is salt-less” – Mark 9:38-50.
(Mark 9:38-40) – “John said unto him — Teacher! we saw someone in thy name casting out demons — and we forbade him, because he was not following with us. But Jesus said — Do not forbid him! For no one is there who shall do a work of power in my name, and have power, soon, to revile me; for whosoever is not against us is for us.” (Parallel passage: Luke 9:49-50. Compare, Matthew 10:42). Continue reading Faithful and Unfaithful Disciples