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Gospels

John 21:17

The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."

Obedience

Successful, not faithful?
Oh how I chaffed when people kindly told me, "God doesn't call us to be successful, he calls us to be faithful." 12/07

Jesus Wasn't Kidding
Do we really want to know what kind of obedience Jesus expects from us? The details are not for the faint-hearted. 8/07

The Question of the Last Judgment
The question was serious and demanded a well-founded answer. Do Christians get a pass at the Last Judgment? What does the Bible say? 3/07

Adventures with Mary and Joseph
Some churches today would have you think following God conveys health, wealth and comfort. Mary and Joseph's experience was a little different. 12/06

God Forbid It!
The path Jesus followed—and expects us to follow—is as shocking to us today as it was to Peter back then. 12/06

Weighty Matters
To what does God want us to devote our lives? Jesus tells us it is the issues of justice, mercy and faithfulness that matter most. 1/05

Lessons in Reconciliation
Attempting reconciliation can be a humiliating experience that leaves us vulnerable to additional pain and suffering. And after we go through all that, it might not even work. So why even try? 1/03

Praying for Enemies
The unexpected consequences of struggling to heed Jesus' Matthew 5:44 command. 08/01