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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

The Bible frequently uses the imagery of sheep and shepherds to describe the relationship between God and his people. This imagery highlights Christ’s compassion for his people. Matthew tells us that Jesus felt deep compassion for his people who were like sheep...
Scandalous Love

Scandalous Love

I have recently been listening to a number of old episodes in the Phil Vischer podcast archives. Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales and What’s in the Bible?, is predictably quirky but surprisingly thoughtful. In one episode, he and co-hosts Christian Taylor and Skye...
The Lawlessness of Compassion

The Lawlessness of Compassion

As you read the New Testament, it seems that the Jewish religious leaders prided themselves on at least four pillars. First, they were careful to separate themselves from foreigners, heretics, and public sinners. Second, they strictly observed the Sabbath. Third, they...
A Father’s Heart

A Father’s Heart

Recently, I listened to an interview of a woman who was drugged and raped at age 21. She had been raised in a Christian home but, while at college, had begun to stray from her faith. She started drinking heavily with her friends, frequently getting drunk at parties....
The Storms of Destruction

The Storms of Destruction

Ancient Near Eastern cultures shared a fair deal of commonality. For example, many ancient Near Eastern cultures used bird imagery in their iconography. Bird imagery was sometimes used to depict war, but when such imagery was used in a protective sense—that is, a bird...
Staying in the Garden

Staying in the Garden

I know that Jesus told his disciples, “Rise, let us be going” (Mark 14:42), but lately I’m having difficulty leaving the garden. John indicates that Gethsemane was a walled garden (John 18:1). It was perhaps therefore normally a secured place, under lock and key. I’ve...