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Getting Dirty: Begining my Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday is not typically known for being something Baptists observe. However, I have been drawn to the practice lately of getting the ashes and following the season of Lent. I think Ash Wednesday has a very Baptist message. The centrality of the message of Ash Wednesday is that we are broken sinful people living in a broken and sinful world. That we need God and God's salvation. It also recognizes that there are things that keep us from living and walking with Jesus. It asks us as disciples of Christ to reflect on our lives and humbly turn away from all the things that we have been putting up for barriers on our relationship with God. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. A time set

Sermon on the Mount: King Jesus

We are looking at the Sermon on the Mount on Sundays. As we were thinking about it, we found that there are a few different ways to see Jesus in the way Matthew presents him. I believe the Sermon on the Mount presents Jesus as God, King, and Moses. This week we look at Jesus as King. Many times we just say Jesus Christ as if it is Jesus' full name. However, the "Christ" is Jesus' title, not his name. Some of my favorite writers and scholars often translate christ as king. Christ is the translation of messiah in Hebrew and literally means anointed. By Jesus' day, it had connections and roots in a coming king and the hope of the people. I was taught there are usually two types of people anoint

Sermon on the Mount: God who meets us on the Mountain

We are looking at the Sermon on the Mount on Sundays. As we were thinking about it, we found that there are a few different ways to see Jesus in the way Matthew presents him. I believe the Sermon on the Mount presents Jesus as God, King, and Moses. We will start a blog series to explore these three presentations of Jesus. Jesus as God. I believe the first way to notice the perspective of Jesus as God on the Sermon we need to go back to Eden. There is a narrative pattern in the Bible that shows that humans meet God at the top of a mountain or high place. In Genesis, Eden is presented as being at the top of a mountain or high place. Eden was the place where humans were walking and talking with

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