Archive for September, 2008

A Maze n Grace

Life can seem like a maze. Within its walls we have limited vision, and choices that sometimes seem to go nowhere. In narrow passages that make us long for wide open places, we often have more than we need and less than we desire. Sometimes our choices take us in a circle, or to one […]

Our Response to the Promise

Jesus used the promise of his return to comfort his friends and to warn his enemies. On that his followers agree. It is at this point, however, that the Body of Christ divides over several prophetic scenarios. While many of us disagree among ourselves about whether current events are setting the stage for what Jesus […]

What About The Promise?

Only hours before his death, Jesus told his followers that he was leaving them. Then he said, “Let not your heart be troubled . . . . I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Years later, a follower of Christ by the […]

Roots and Wings

Someone has said that wise parents give their children two lasting things: (1) roots and (2) wings. I’ve noticed over the years that our Father in heaven seems to follow a similar pattern with us. As time goes on, he “carries” us differently in our spiritual adolescence and adulthood  than He did in our infancy. […]

Jesus and the Fed

Last Wednesday, the front page of our local newspaper declared, “In the Fed we Trust…bailout of insurance giant aims to stabilize quaking global economy.” Then came the bad news. Behind closed doors, Washington lawmakers got enough of a wake-up call to prompt a rare bi-partisan agreement. All said that without urgent Federal intervention, national and […]

Outside the Book Thinking

One of the best teachers I’ve ever had likes to say, “Something is not true because it’s in the Bible. It’s in the Bible because it’s true. My first impulse was to reject the idea. It seemed like a subtle insult to the best measure of truth we have. After all, I thought, in my […]

Why We Disagree About Forgiveness

For the last couple of days, we’ve had a healthy, though difficult, discussion about whether forgiveness is meant to be conditional or unconditional. Not surprisingly, along the way, we’ve agreed and disagreed. There are good reasons for the push and pull of our conversation. Sometimes the Bible, itself, calls for forgiveness based on a change […]

To Forgive or Not

Yesterday, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered recognized the 45th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was on Sunday morning, September 15, 1963 that Christopher McNair and his wife Maxine lost their 11 year old daughter, Denise, in the blast that also took the lives of three […]

Envy and the Jealousy of God

Envy is not always bad. But it can be evil. In the best sense it’s a desire for  the good qualities we see in others. In the worst sense it’s a desire to see others deprived of their joy. says, “Aristotle in Rhetoric defined envy “as the pain caused by the good fortune of […]

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