It's very common for people to approach religion as a way to escape this physical world. But, when you bring this approach to Christianity, you lose the very real, very physical, central conflict in the Bible. This central conflict is life vs. death.

Ryan Burgett on jesus, gospel, resurrection, easter, sin, life, death - April 12, 2020

The Pharisees and the Herodians schemed to trap Jesus in his words, but He saw through it and used the situation to teach and challenge us all.

Ryan Burgett on jesus, pharisees, herodians, taxation, temple - July 6, 2017

Many years ago, a man from Galilee began shaking things up. The Jewish people had long waited for their Messiah, but they did not get what they expected.

Ryan Burgett on cross, forgiveness, jesus, kingdom of god, peace, redemption - May 11, 2015

We often focus on the bad fruit (sin) rather than the tree itself (the heart that Jesus longs to redeem). In this post, let us dig deeper into that thought.

Ryan Burgett on jesus, fruit, love, lifestyles - January 3, 2014

Unity is a popular and important topic in the church today. This post will look at how we in this broad, diverse church find unity in identity.

Ryan Burgett on unity, identity, body of christ, church - October 26, 2013

Does God have to hold his nose when He interacts with us? When we speak down of ourselves we are misrepresenting the heart of God.

Ryan Burgett on redemption, identity, god, sin, guilt, shame - October 20, 2013

Jesus taught that the our fruit is not the problem, but a symptom of the problem. The only way that fruit can be changed is if the tree itself is changed.

Ryan Burgett on fruit, jesus, redemption, judgment - May 18, 2013

Today we have a chance to stand out once again, to truly live like Jesus and let our lives be a clear contrast to the world around us.

Ryan Burgett on violence, church, pacifism, anabaptists, history - January 19, 2013

Did you know we can deceive our own heart by our words? The truth is that the words we say are extremely important, more than most realize.

Ryan Burgett on truth, tongue, sin, deceit - September 13, 2012

Where do we find truth? Many would say the Bible, and I agree, to an extent, but while truth is found in the scriptures, it is not the summation of truth.

Ryan Burgett on truth, bible, jesus - August 15, 2012

If God is love, then God is patient, God is kind. He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered. He keeps no record of wrongs.

Ryan Burgett on god, love - July 25, 2012

The story in John’s gospel of Jesus and the adulterous woman is as one of the best illustrations of the gospel in the whole Bible.

Ryan Burgett on gospel, identity, jesus, righteousness, sin - July 4, 2012

What defines you? As God sees you, so you should see yourself.

Ryan Burgett on identity, inheritance, blessings, redemption - June 20, 2012

All the fig leaves in the world can never bring us back to our created value, only repentance and belief in the good news.

Ryan Burgett on gospel, garden of eden, repentance, faith, sin, humanity - June 15, 2012

Any human pledge is superficial at best, or dishonest at worst. But there is no room for superficiality or dishonesty in the words of Jesus.

Ryan Burgett on oaths, pledges, truth, jesus, martyrs - May 1, 2012

I have no right to exact from another person the penalty of justice which has already been paid. All we have left to do is offer forgiveness.

Ryan Burgett on forgiveness, justice, jesus, anabaptists, violence - April 28, 2012

When we talk about truth, we often begin with the Bible. Now, this is true to a certain extent, but the reality is that truth is not a "what" but a "who."

Ryan Burgett on truth, jesus, the word, bible - June 1, 2011