Soon?

Have you ever told someone, “I’ll be there as soon as I can,” and then quickly discovered that your definition of “soon” and their definition were not the same? Oops! In a similar way, how can we make sense of Jesus’s words that He is coming “soon,” given that John received this revelation from Jesus almost 2,000 years ago? After …

It Shall Not Be Among You

Have you ever finished first or won a competition? How did you feel in that moment?* I remember running an unusual race in grade twelve. Usually the goal of the race is to cross the finish line as fast as possible. You are only responsible for yourself and there was always tense competition among my peers. However, in this particular ...

Hey Jesus, We’re Drowning!

When you go through life’s storms, does it ever seem that Jesus is absent? Or if not absent, maybe sleeping in the bottom of the boat?* Jesus slept peacefully through a storm (see Mark 4:35-41). The disciples woke him in desperation, accused him of not caring, and obviously expected him to do something! But, what? Calm the storm? Clearly not. ...

Highs and Lows

Do you wonder why you sometimes experience an emotional low after a wonderful high point? A dramatic scene opened the ministry of Jesus at his baptism (Mark 1:9-13). When he came out of the water, the heavens were “ripped open”, the Spirit manifested visibly like a dove and a voice from heaven spoke to affirm Jesus as God’s beloved Son. ...