Salvation and Judgement

Once there was this restaurant owner. His business was floundering. And here’s why; his employees were lazy. But the owner didn’t want to make anyone feel bad. So, he gave his employees a hug and told them things like, “Good job!” or “Look at you doing nothing all day! We’re lucky to have you.” As… Read More ›

Practical Fruit Bearing

The word of God is not intended to merely be a collection of theological statements to be debated by the spiritual elite. As I was trying to figure out where to begin with this week’s article, I was listening to “Like a Match” by Toby Mac. The chorus is “If it’s real we gotta show… Read More ›

The Magic Amulet Option

Several years ago I received a call from a gentleman with whom I had minimal contact. He wanted his teenage children to be baptized. I had enough contact to know what this was about. You see, some people view baptism as some kind of magic amulet. You get yourself dunked in the water, you say… Read More ›

Brain Paths

Picture your brain as a massive city. Pay particular attention to the roads. There are quiet, little used paths – the lights are low and there is not much activity there. These paths are in a state of disrepair, all full of potholes and bumps. There are also busy interstates and traffic bustles and much… Read More ›

In the Things of God

If you were married to a police officer, it maybe shouldn’t be a surprise if she sometimes works late due to an emergency situation. It’s not like you can just bail on an active situation; calling a time out during a shoot out so that you can go home. And if you were married to… Read More ›

Baby God

Have you ever contemplated God as a baby? We sometimes leap over this part of incarnation. We often fail to imagine the significance. God could have decided to burst on the scene as a fully grown adult. This would have even added to the mystery. But it would mean that God would have failed to… Read More ›

Anna the Prophetess

The fact of the matter is that women were devalued in Jesus’ day. The young men were taught to read so that they could read Torah. Women, well, women were not going to be discussing deep theological issues. They were going to be too busy preparing meals and having male children. Why would they need… Read More ›

Simeon the Watchman

Imagine there is this long anticipated event; an event that will be nothing less than God breaking into our reality; an event that will change everything. Ages have come and gone as the people wait. All manner of theories have arisen. Some people have stopped waiting; becoming comfortable in the now. And what if God… Read More ›

The Fulfiller

I know this is not a perfect analogy. You could poke holes in it if you wanted to. But here we go anyway – the movie 42 is based on the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color lines in professional baseball. Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was, of course, instrumental in… Read More ›

Shepherds Heard

Long gone were the days of a shepherd boy becoming king. Don’t get me wrong, they loved the story, but they really didn’t love shepherds. They sang the twenty-third Psalm – proudly claiming Yahweh as their shepherd. Ah but real shepherds lived outside like animals; smelled like animals; and were thought of as animals.