Of Pastors and Pundits
Earlier today, I watched much of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings…Finding both [Ford and Kavanaugh] at least somewhat credible, and myself at an intellectual impasse of sorts, I took to Twitter and social media to read the real-time commentary of leading pundits on both sides.
Surprisingly, I found not only pundits but pastors commenting at length (and at times quite brazenly) on the proceedings…Seeing so many pastors weighing in, I felt an impulse to push through my intellectual impasse, make as strong a judgment, and join the chorus. I ultimately decided against it, and am thankful that I did.
When a “wee little man” repented Big Time
Sometimes, Bible teachers today seem to imply that the pardon of vertical sins should imply immunity to their horizontal consequences. It doesn’t. What it does mean is that we have all the favor and divine resources we need, as much as it depends upon us, to make things right with those we’ve offended (Matthew 5:23; Romans 12:18). We can take our sins against them seriously because God took them seriously for us in his Son, Jesus Christ.
In this brief devotional, we look at the Jesus’ dealings with a man named Zacchaeus. We see that grace didn’t preclude Zacchaeus’ acts of repentance; it propelled them.
What is an Apostle? Are there apostles Today?
Paul, the author of the New Testament book of Romans, introduces himself as an “apostle” in Romans 1:1. Since the word “apostle” (Greek, apostolos) is no longer used much in general conversation, it might be helpful to explain what he meant by the term and what it means for Christians today.
The word “apostle” is a Greek word. It simply means, “one who is sent.” It carries with it the notion of one sent with special authority, an emissary of sorts. The New Testament writers seem to employ the word in two senses, one general and another more specific.