The Gospel of John Bible Study, Part Twenty Two

All the details that the Bible gives us about Jesus’ death on the cross are not just details. As we see in this study of the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, they are important elements of the wonderful story of God’s dying love for sinners. “For God so loved the world, that he…

Spirits

What spirit is controlling you? Whether you realize it or not you are being controlled by one or more spirits. According to I John 4:1 spirits are a big deal: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into…

Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law

Paul’s letter to the Romans follows a familiar pattern that is found in many of his letters. He spends the first several chapters focusing on the Gospel. Then in chapter 12 Paul starts to focus on applying the Gospel to our everyday lives: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to…

Walker Wide Open, Part One

When the folks at Wikipedia came up with this definition of  “sculpture garden” – “several permanently sited works in durable materials in landscaped surroundings” – perhaps they had the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in mind. When it opened in 1988, it was one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind. After almost 30 years…