In a thousand occurrences throughout Scripture, heart is used figuratively to portray the reflections and yearnings of the inner person – the complex thought processes deep within. All of our hopes and fears and desires and aspirations come from this inner self of mental reconciliation and contemplation, which also guide our impressions, behaviors and even the words we speak.
How God specifically wired into our physical minds an ingenious mechanism designed to reinforce the deep spiritual experiences he performs in our lives.
By his own words, Jesus had only the highest view of Scripture. At the end of his ministry, he authorized his chosen Apostles to either pen or oversee documents that are now universally embraced as the New Testament.
Jesus expects his followers to take time to discern rather than be quick to judge.
How the popular culture has collaborated with churches to deliberately repackage Jesus to suit the conventions of modern culture.
Much of what Jesus taught was difficult to hear. This is a good thing. The inherent difficulty in Jesus’ teaching was a deliberate feature of his public ministry in that he expects his followers to think.
When it comes to the business of taking up my cross and following Jesus, the label of Christianity is excess baggage.