Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Need for Faith from Those Who Think They Can See, Pt. 2

In the previous post, "Faith that Sees" the question, "Who is Jesus?" was examined in the context of a man born blind, healed by Jesus, and come to spiritual sight as he confessed his belief and worshiped Jesus.  That Jesus did not deny this worship shows that Jesus understood Himself worthy of Godly praise.  Before leaving John 9, it is important to look one more time at the Pharisees, and particularly, Jesus' final words to them.

Faith that Sees, pt. 1

In the Gospel of John, Jesus is often referred to as "light" (John 1:4-5, 9, 3:19-21, 8:12).  Particularly, before healing the man born blind, Jesus claims, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world," (John 9:5).  As I was shown by Pastor Bill Cook at 9th and O Baptist Church in Louisville, Jesus demonstrates Himself as the light through healing the man born blind, helping him see both physically and spiritually.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dividing Humans

Which of the following characteristics do you think most fundamentally distinguishes humans one from another? Is the population most clearly divided by the young and the old (age or maturity)? Is it by male and female (gender)? Is society divided along economic lines (the rich and the poor)? Is it divided on moral lines (the just and the unjust, or the lawful and the unlawful)? Is it divided along relational lines (the married and the single or divorced or widowed)? Or is it divided along educational lines (the literate and the illiterate or the college educated and the uneducated)? Or perhaps along lines of affiliation and preference (Democrats and Republicans, Gators and Seminoles, those who like country music and those who are sane)?