Posts from April 2015

Questions-Wanted: A Good Shepherd

1. The shepherd metaphor was often used in the Old Testament to refer to kingship. Quickly survey John’s gospel through chapter 9. In what ways does Jesus’ shepherding-leadership differ from that of the Pharisees, scribes, and teachers of the Law? 2. Read through the 23rd Psalm. Explain what each of the metaphors mean. Give an…

Questions-153 Fish With A Charcoal Fire

1. At least two events are being reenacted in this passage. What are they? Afterwards, Pastor Brian suggested that a couple of others might be echoed here as well. Any ideas? “God has a penchant for the dramatic.” Where else in the Scripture is this evident? Where in your life? 2. Pastor Chaney said that…

Questions-Thomas and Tattoos

1. At the beginning of the sermon, Pastor Chaney said that we ought to be aware of our biases. None of us approaches the matter of the resurrection from a neutral vantage point. What do you think–in what ways can non-Christians ‘doubt their doubts’? And in what ways can Christians deal responsibly with the resurrection…

A Prayer for the Fruit of the Spirit

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” — Gal 5.22-23 Spirit of Christ, thank you for your patient, persistent work in our lives. Without your speaking to us about Jesus, showing us who he is, and giving us faith in his promises, we would never have come…

Questions-The Meaning of Life Question

1. What are the more common meaning-of-life answers out there today? Briefly analyze these. What’s makes them plausible? Attractive? What are their defects? 2. Have you ever wondered when reading 1 Corinthians 15, Who are these 500 people? How could Jesus have appeared to so many? Any guesses? Related: why do you believe in the…

Today is Good Friday

You knew today is Good Friday already, of course. But of all the days of the year, of all the weekends, this is one of the best for meditating on the gospel, considering who exactly Jesus was and what he did, and rejoicing in him. This is a day to be humbled to absolute quietness,…