Whether it’s movies, mysteries, or matches, we hate it when someone spills the beans about how it ends rather than our discovering it on our own. In respect to that, online postings will sometimes carry the warning: “Spoiler alert!” That warning will let readers know not to read the post if they want to be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Spoiler Alert
Christianity seems a bit squishy nowadays. It somehow relates to Jesus but has difficulty finding a place for the cross. It is gospel-flavored like those beverages that contain only 10 percent real fruit juice. Some beliefs are prominently on display; others relegated to a back room, if not discarded altogether as unsavory to the modern […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Squishy Christianity
I try to visit her once a week. Sometimes I have to hunt for her. If she’s not in her room, I try the dining area or maybe the chapel if there’s an event. On one particularly nice day I found her outside, sitting in her wheelchair, a young speech therapist at her side. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on If You Had One Wish
I have a friend at the YMCA. Dave is in his mid-60s. We’re both regular at the Y, so our paths cross fairly often. We were talking last week and he told me he was having trouble seeing to the front of his church. He sits all the way in the back, so he […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Cataracts of Unbelief
My breakfast appointment was running late. That gave me opportunity to talk with one of the servers at the restaurant we were meeting. I had gotten to know her a little bit from previous visits, enough to know of her Roman Catholic background. With no other customers demanding her attention, the server and I […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Misplaced Faith
I have no problem with people saying they have “accepted Jesus as Savior or Lord” or praying that others might do the same. True, Jesus is Lord whether acknowledged by us or not. The only significant acknowledgement is that of the Father, and Jesus does carry that imprimatur. Peter makes this clear in his […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Is “accepting Jesus” acceptable?
I can handle all things …trusting God’s providence …….that brought them to me …in Christ’s strength …….that is perfectly sufficient for me …for God’s glory …….that is to be my goal over my comfort and convenience.Continue Reading... Comments Off on I Can…
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) I used to think that was a rhetorical question by our Lord, but now I’m not so sure. Jesus made that statement at the conclusion of the parable of the persistent widow (or parable of the unjust judge, depending […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Prayer, the Flu and the Fiscal Cliff
We live in a day when big is better. Sprawling box stores, mega-churches, huge restaurant meal portions all tout bigness. Small homes are no longer built in the area I live in. We can fall into the trap of bigness when it comes to prayer. A handful of people show up for the scheduled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.