Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

During Advent, we celebrate how Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s people’s hopes. But this is only true if our hope is for God’s kingdom to come. If instead, we’re pursuing our own agenda, God’s kingdom isn’t the thing we hope for,...
Present in our Exile

Present in our Exile

When we experience sorrow, grief or disappointment, it’s easy to believe God has abandoned us. The Babylonian Exile was that kind of experience for God’s people. God allowed the Babylonians to take his people as slaves in a foreign land (the undoing of the...
Empty Religion

Empty Religion

When God gives Old Testament Israel his laws, he builds in a way of getting forgiveness. Because God is gracious and patient, he allows people who make mistakes to be made right. Yet we can abuse God’s grace. When we take God’s forgiveness as a licence to...
God is Glorified in Our Weakness

God is Glorified in Our Weakness

Intuitively, we think that if God is a powerful God, then his people should also be powerful. But if we look at God’s people in the Bible, we often see God using people who are anything but powerful. God is glorified in our weakness. It is precisely because we...
The Law in the New Testament

The Law in the New Testament

Christians often wonder what to make of the Old Testament laws in our New Testament era. Old Testament Israel had lots of rules that Christians don’t follow today. So are we being unfaithful? How do we understand the Old Testament Law in the New Testament? Our...