Tag Archives: what does it mean to be born again?

Asking Questions of John 3: What Does Jesus Mean by “Be Born Again?”

What on earth does Jesus mean when he talks about being born again? The answer to that question needs to be clearly grasped, and so merits study and careful thought. For now, let me say this: to be born again … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Sermons, Spiritual life | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Asking Questions of John 3: Why Did Jesus Interrupt?

We are asking questions of John 3. Here is one: Why does Jesus abruptly change the subject and talk to Nicodemus about the necessity of being born again and about the kingdom of God? So here’s the picture: Nicodemus is … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Spiritual life | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Giver

The singer Carolyn Arrends was warned by her friend not to make a purchase that seemed to be too good to be true. She ignored him and suffered the consequences. Then she began avoiding him because she didn’t want him to know what she’d done. She started thinking of him as someone who was against her, not for her.

The same thing happens between us and God. Our idea of him gets distorted. We start to see him as against us, not for us; as a taker, not a giver.

But God is for us, not against us (Romans 8:31-39). He is not just a giver, he is The Giver.
Continue reading

Posted in From the Pulpit, Sermons, Theology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment