You Cannot See My Face

A Good Friday Reflection Exodus 33:18-23 In the 1959 version of the move Ben Hur, there’s a scene where Judah Ben Hur’s mother and sister are healed from leprosy at the exact moment that Jesus dies on the cross. They had heard of Jesus’ power to heal from Esther, the daughter of the one time … Continue reading You Cannot See My Face

Your Kingdom Come

On Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) Christians commemorate the triumphant arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. In describing the event, the Gospel authors appeal to Zechariah 9:9 (“Behold, your king is coming to you”) thus making clear the meaning of what’s going on: Jesus is the anticipated Messiah, the King of Israel, and he has … Continue reading Your Kingdom Come

The Jesus Difference

What is it that makes Jesus different? He’s not the only moral or spiritual guide we might choose, so why choose Jesus over any other? Well, it’s not because Jesus’ moral teaching is totally different to that of humanity’s other great moral teachers. After all, as C.S. Lewis once pointed out, a totally different morality … Continue reading The Jesus Difference

A Sure Foundation

In his book Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower (New York: Convergent, 2016) Tom Krattenmaker explains how he, despite being an atheist, regards the teaching of Jesus as “the anchor that means the most to me, the anchor I find most worthy of my trust.” (p.3). Given that Krattenmaker doesn’t believe in God you might … Continue reading A Sure Foundation