Paul shows us that the true breakthrough in learning to be Christian comes not when we succeed at perfection but when we realize that we will always fail. We are equally sinner and saint.
Could Abraham know that God is testing him? Or has he simply learned to trust God's instructions? I wonder if obedience is related to relationship, if God desires not mindless obedience so much as trust.
Jeremiah 20:7–13; Matthew 10:24–39
From this side of history, Jeremiah has great resolve. Yet the shifting political allegiances he interprets are not so different from our own uncertainties. Only in retrospect are