Who Jesus Chooses
Kingdom of Grace
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Our Time In Exile
Given the stakes, a full investigation of life in our Christianity in our current times is in order. What is a Christian? What does it mean to claim Christ? What is the cost of doing so? Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.” Is that true? And if so, if the cost of discipleship is truly the cross — alienation, disdain, opposition, and, for some, persecution — how to make ready? How to batten down the hatches? How do dig in one’s heels now? What hopes shall we carry? What standards raise? What songs shall our hearts sing in our time of exile? We turn to God’s word for answers.