My Featured Blogger this week is Steve Beckham of Thoughts Along the Way. Steve is the pastor of a Southern California church, but he also has “worldly” experience in advertising and voice-over. “The upshot of all that,” as he puts it, “is that I tend to see the world and the church–especially the church–a little differently than many others who wear that funny collar.” He does indeed. Consistently, refreshingly, and insightfully so!
Case in point? This post.
I have a verse tattooed on the inside of my right forearm: James 1:19-20.If you look it up, you’ll read this: “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;for your human anger does not produce God’s righteousness.”
Human anger does not produce God’s righteousness.But sometimes God’s righteousness produces anger.“We boil at different degrees,” said Clint Eastwood, and apparently Jesus reached his boiling point in the temple’s outer courtyard, the Courtyard of the Gentiles, as he moved among the moneychangers and people selling livestock for sacrifices, and all kinds of other things.He made a whip of cords and drove the cattle and sheep out of the temple courtyard.He told those selling doves, the offering for poor people, to take them away.He turned over the tables of the moneychangers.And as he did all this he yelled, “Stop!Stop making my Father’s…
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