A Biblical Response to the George Floyd Protests

Our national conversation at this time largely concerns the shocking death of George Floyd and the subsequent peaceful demonstrations, destruction, looting, violence, and police action in cities all across the United States, and what they mean for us as Americans.   We who desire to follow Jesus Christ look to God’s written word to instruct …

God’s Light in Clay Pots (2 Corinthians 4:6-18)

I have enjoyed teaching lately through 2 Corinthians 4:6-18 on the topic of God's Light in Clay Pots. What an amazing thought that God can use plain, common, unimpressive people like us to hold and pour out His glory! Here's teaching from July 23, 2017 at Chico Grace Brethren Church in Chico, California: God's Light in …

Presidential Inauguration Prayers

It was encouraging to hear so many Biblical passages and mentions of Jesus Christ in the prayers at President Donald Trump's Inauguration. This inauguration set a record for having six different prayer leaders (Timothy Dolan, Samuel Rodriguez, Paula White, Franklin Graham, Marvin Hier, and Wayne T. Jackson). They were a diverse group: theologically (Catholic, evangelical, pentecostal, and Jewish), ethnically (white, black, hispanic) …

Who Should We Vote For?

In my last post I addressed the question of whether followers of Jesus should vote. That brings up another important question. Who should we vote for? I remember reading through the statewide voter guide before the 2003 special election for California Governor. Among the many candidate statements was one from Kevin Richter of Manteca, who described his qualifications as simply, “I breathe.” As …

Should Christians Vote?

As we approach another election day, I have heard from some friends that they will definitely vote, and from others who say they won't even bother. This brings up an important question: "Are we, as followers of Jesus, obligated to vote in public elections?" The Bible does not directly address the question of voting, probably because voting as we know …

Capitol Bible Study: A Politician’s Downfall (Mark 6:14-32)

Mark 6:14-32 And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15 But others were saying, “He is Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like …

Capitol Bible Study: “Clash of Kingdoms” (Mark 6:12-32)

Mark 6:12-32 12 They went out and preached that men should repent. 13 And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them. 14 And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and …

Audio: The Priority and Power of the Gospel

I enjoyed teaching last sunday at Grace Brethren Church of Chico, California, on the topic of "The Priority and Power of the Gospel." In Acts 25 we find the apostle Paul in Caesarea, called from prison, where he had been held for over two years, to appear before Festus, the new Roman governor of Judea; King Herod Agrippa; and an …

Capitol Bible Study: “Shake the Dust Off Your Feet” (Mark 6:10-11)

Mark 6:10-11 “And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” In first-century Jewish culture, shaking the …

California Capitol Bible Study: How Is Your Training Going? (Mark 6:6-13)

Mark 6:6b-13 And He was going around the villages teaching. 7 And He *summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8 and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt— …