1. The Need to be Cleansed from the Inside Out
    29 Nov, 2018
    The Need to be Cleansed from the Inside Out
    "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean."  Matthew 23:25-26  I remember vividly one time I came into a friend's office (my friend shall remain anonymous, so don't ask!) and saw a coffee cup sitting on his desk.  The cup looked great on the outside, but when I peered inside the
  2. Beware of Hypocrisy
    04 Dec, 2017
    Beware of Hypocrisy
    Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."  Matthew 16:6  Our dog, Jack, woke us up late last night (or really early this morning, whichever way you want to look at it) because he was barking.  I got out of bed and looked around to make sure he wasn't barking at some intruder on our premises.  I didn't see anyone, so I let Jack outside hoping he just had to do his business in the back yard. So nothing significant happened. But the incident gave me a
  3. Pure in Heart
    17 Nov, 2017
    Pure in Heart
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 "The church is full of hypocrites." I've heard this complaint countless times. There are times when it's simply a smokescreen for not wanting to deal with one’s own sin.  There are also times when it is a legitimate concern.   Hypocrites are pretenders. They claim one thing, but the reality is something different.  And yes, hypocrites can be found in the church. Unfortunately, in our zeal to uphold the integrity of the church
  4. Seeing Our Own Inconsistency
    10 Aug, 2017
    Seeing Our Own Inconsistency
    But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth-- you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that one must
  5. Hardwired for Hypocrisy?
    06 May, 2016
    Hardwired for Hypocrisy?
    So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 1 Peter 2:1 Not too long ago I ran across a book with a very interesting title and concept.  The book is Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite, and it's by Robert Kurzban, the associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In this book, Dr. Kurzban argues that everyone is a hypocrite because our minds are actually designed that way.   I don't want to get into a deep discussion of modular
  6. A Word to Religious Hypocrites
    19 Feb, 2016
    A Word to Religious Hypocrites
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.  You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! Matthew 23:23-24 As I think about the passage above there are several things that come to mind . . . First, Jesus didn't mince words with the religious establishment of his day.  These religious men