Supernatural boldness from our supernatural Savior

The book of Luke ends with these verses:

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. — Luke 24:50-53 (NIV)

Over the past several months, Jesus had tried more than once to explain his coming death and resurrection. His disciples could not hear that message. When the time came, they basically fell apart. They ran away.… Read the rest

Miracles explained by higher mathematics

Edwin Abbott, an English classics scholar and theologian whose hobby was higher mathematics wrote a charming classic called Flatland 1880s. Flatland is a two-dimensional space inhabited mostly by various equilateral polygons and ruled by circles.

The narrator, A. Square, explains how two-dimensional objects can recognize each other’s shapes by calculating angles. Except for triangles, irregular shapes present a public danger and are not allowed to live. He also explained their culture and history.

In their year 1000, someone went insane and insisted that a third dimension existed. He caused quite a commotion until the circles passed harsh laws against proclaiming such a ridiculous heresy.… Read the rest

Next words of Jesus: Wait for the gift

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised,which you heard me speak about.” — Acts 1:4

God’s ways are not our ways. The last recorded words of Jesus in any of the synoptic gospels are some form of the Great Commission. John’s version comes in the next to last chapter, but Jesus’ final comments there prepare the disciples to get to work.

In other words, all the gospels end with Jesus saying, “Go” to bewildered and reluctant disciples. The book of Acts opens with him saying, “Wait” to a team that felt ready to get started.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced a promise from God that seems so vivid that we’re bound to see it manifest in the next fifteen minutes.… Read the rest