Jesus is our ultimate example of loyalty. He was loyal to his Father, even to the point of death on a cross. The call to be loyal has many outworkings as we seek to follow Jesus.
Part 6. In Daniel chapter 6 we find one of the most well-known, but also one of the most misunderstood, stories in the Bible: Daniel and the lions den.
Part 5. The expression ‘the writings on the wall’ is right out of Daniel chapter 5. Belshazzar knows his kingdom is doomed and that his departure from this world is imminent. As we approach death, how do we make sense of the life we’ve lived?
Part 4. History is littered with empires who thought they would rule forever. Nebuchadnezzar is the classic example. He looks like he may well rule forever—but he doesn’t know history, he doesn’t know God, and he starts to believe his own PR.
Part 3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in a culture with a different value system and beliefs. They were allowed to worship their own God, as long as they also bowed down and worshiped the golden image. We find something similar in our own … Continue reading “In the Furnace: Culture & Courage”
Part 2: Should we embrace the world we live in, along with all its values and beliefs, or should we separate and remove ourselves to live an uncompromised life? For the Christian we should be struggling with both of those, because it’s not one or … Continue reading “Move into the Neighbourhood”
Part 1. We love our towns, our cities, our country. But we don’t want to be colonised by the culture. Each of has to wrestle with this question: how do we live as faithful exiles?
Part 3. Looking at John chapter 13: when the servants weren’t around to do the essential but dirty work, Jesus got down on his hands and knees and washed his disciples feet.
Part 2. Step into the story of Lazarus: Jesus raised him back to life and called him out of the tomb. Too many Christians are still sitting in the old life when we have amazing freedom in Christ.