I was reading through my last journal and found an entry from February 2017 dedicated to this question of “Who Is Jesus?” Someone had asked it of me, as a sort of “homework assignment,” and I had written my thoughts down at the time. Now I’d like to share them with you:
Who is Jesus?
How would I answer this to someone who doesn’t have a clear understanding of who Jesus is? Continue reading
A few months back, I wrote a post on what the Gospel is not.
Now I want to focus on what the Gospel is.
When Jesus was here, what did He preach? When He spoke of a Kingdom of Heaven, what did He mean?
In an effort to answer these questions, I will be doing a series of blog posts on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew.
Before we begin, let’s first try to take off our religious glasses and preconceptions and try to focus only on what Jesus actually did and said. Because if we’re Christians (Christ-followers), then we need to know how to follow Christ: what that means, and what that looks like. Continue reading
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.”
(Prov. 18:1, NKJV)
I’m an introvert. According to the Meyers-Briggs personality test I’m an ISTJ – the “Logistician.” That means that I think in terms of logic and black-and-white right-and-wrongs. I form relationships best with those who have similar personalities and beliefs, but those relationships generally don’t come easily or quickly. People with different personalities than mine, especially more extroverted ones, tend to think of me as stiff and hard to get to know. But those who have made it to the friendship level will find me, if not the most exciting friend, at least one of the more loyal and dependable ones.
As an introvert, I do enjoy being with friends – it’s just that it tends to leave me feeling more drained than energized. I’m not one for having a busy social life; too much activity makes me want to retreat into isolation to rejuvenate myself before I dare venture out again.
If I am going to socialize, I want it to be worth it. I want to be able to open myself up to someone I can trust. I want to invest only in relationships that I think will last, generally iron-sharpens-iron friendships. Otherwise what’s the point?