God Gives the Messiah Hope

September 19, 2019

When Jesus was anointed with the Spirit at his baptism, the Holy Spirit led him into the wilderness in order to be tested. When the disciples finally confessed Jesus as the Messiah, they were shocked to hear that now Jesus must suffer and die before the glory of the kingdom comes into the world. At […]


Why I Stay

September 19, 2019

“I imagine I was as thoroughly socialized and spiritually formed by churches of Christ as a person could be, though I was not alone. I shared this ethos with many friends and family. This was my home, and I felt at home. I still feel at home.” (Searching for the Pattern, pp. 62-63.) Why do […]


The Messiah Begins the Journey to the Cross

September 16, 2019

The ministry of Jesus generated widespread speculation about his identity. Was he the resurrected John the Baptizer? Or, Elijah? Or, another prophet in the long line of prophets? There was no consensus, but many believed God was doing something through Jesus. Jesus, however, is most interested in what his disciples think. They had, no doubt, […]


Pledging Allegiance to the Messiah’s Kingdom – The Lord’s Prayer

September 12, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount is the epitome of Kingdom ethics and discipleship. The sermon opens with the Beatitudes, which begin and end with a promise that the blessed belong to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, 10). The Sermon ends with a promise that those who “do the will of the Father” will “enter […]


The Messiah Confronts the Reign of Satan

September 9, 2019

Jesus did not pursue his ministry alone. He discipled twelve apostles, and he also sent seventy-two disciples into surrounding villages to further the Messianic mission. When Jesus sent out the seventy-two, he told them (Luke 10:9), “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you’.” During his life, […]


Tidbits on Women from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the History of Churches of Christ (4)

September 6, 2019

These are brief: one tidbit each from the Hebrew Bible, the writings of the New Testament, and from the history of Churches of Christ. Hebrew Bible When Nehemiah finished building the wall, he appointed gatekeepers to watch over the entrances to the city and Levitical singers to serve in the temple (Nehemiah 7:1). Most of […]


Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

September 5, 2019

Did Jesus preach the gospel? Yes and No. It depends on what one means by “gospel.” For many, the gospel is the death and resurrection of Jesus. If that is what we mean by gospel, then Jesus did not publicly preach the gospel. It was only in the last months of his third year of […]


Tidbits on women from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the History of Churches of Christ (3)

September 3, 2019

These are brief: one tidbit each from the Hebrew Bible, the writings of the New Testament, and from the history of Churches of Christ. Hebrew Bible Psalm 68 celebrates the movement of Israel from Egypt (v. 7) to Sinai (v. 8) and then victory in Canaan (vv. 9-14) whereupon God ascends to the throne on […]


The Messiah Ministers to Israel

September 2, 2019

Coming out of the wilderness and entering into Galilee, Jesus, filled with the Spirit, began to teach and heal the sick. He returned to the synagogue in Nazareth to introduce his Messianic mission to his hometown. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place in Isaiah 61 and read it (Luke 4:18-19). “The Spirit of the […]


New Book Announcement

August 31, 2019

Title: Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible. It is available on Kindle or in Paperback. In this book, John Mark Hicks tells the story of his own hermeneutical journey in reading the Bible. Lovingly and graciously, he describes his transition from a “blueprint hermeneutic” to a theological one. Some suggest that […]