To Judge or Not to Judge

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matt 7:1-5 ESV)

What is Jesus really trying to say here? Is it okay to judge, or can we not? Well, clearly the text says we can’t judge, but it is also very clear in other parts of the Bible that we are to judge between right and wrong. What’s going on? Continue reading

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Image and Likeness: A Quick Reflection* on Gen 1:26

I was recently thinking about Gen 1:26 (thanks to Old Testament History and Theology I class, perhaps…). And I cannot help but share what I’ve learned. I really shouldn’t, because maybe I could file this away for possible sermons to preach in the future. Ha! No, I must be generous…

Here is Gen 1:26. I will use the NIV, as that is the familiar version for many: Continue reading

Jesus Doesn’t Guilt-Trip!

Mini-rant!

I saw this on facebook (where some people had this status):

Jesus: Santa.
Santa: Yes?
Jesus: I’m sad.
Santa: Why are you sad? It’s Christmas right? It’s your birthday!
Jesus: Yeah. That’s the point
Santa: Why?
Jesus: Because whenever its Christmas the kids only wait for you and not me! They only celebrate Christmas because of you! Why Santa, why not Jesus? – Dec. 25 is for Jesus not for Santa. Repost if You Believe in Jesus! P.S He Knows You Looked – deny me in front your friends and I will deny you in front of my father. Continue reading