In the book “Pride and Prejudice” Elizabeth’s cousin, Mr. Collins, proposed to her. I know. But the time frame allowed for that kind of thing. Now, Mr. Collins is a minister and he is well connected. After all, his patroness is the Lady DeBerg. Naturally, he expects Elizabeth to say “yes, of course I’ll marry… Read More ›

Kingdom Family

His name is Intong. Originally, he was from Laos and he, and his entire family, were Buddhist. He was a professor who was conscripted into the Vietnam army. Even though this was not his choice, he was determined to be a traitor and if he had returned to his homeland he would have been arrested…. Read More ›

The Eye of the Needle

Paul told the Corinthians to consider their calling; to look around and see who answered the call to follow Christ. Well, not many wise according the flesh; not many mighty and not many noble; have shown up and swelled the ranks of the church. We could add here that not many rich people have shown… Read More ›

Good Grief

             There is tension in the Bible. Many a misunderstanding is found here. I received a box of books last week addressed to the chaplain of the Youth Correction Center. The author wanted me to make these books available to the students. Well, I’m going to do some reading before I just hand out random… Read More ›

Baby Blessing

Just so you know, I know that there is something about children that can melt our hearts. But there is also plenty that will frustrate us into a frazzle. We can debate the point of whether or not they have sin. But the truth is that children can be selfish, demanding, jealous, manipulative, bullies, and… Read More ›

Position in Prayer

Its ironic. Its frustrating. More on that later. I’ve heard people excuse their negative behavior by saying, “I am not a saint after all.” Well, if you are a follower of Christ, you are indeed a saint. You are set apart; not for common use; holy. Now, here is the ironic and frustrating part: the… Read More ›


So, let me get this straight. If you whine at God day and night he will give into your tenacious nagging? I have heard this as an explanation of the parable of the unjust judge and persistent widow. Oh, to be sure the words were different, but really, it amounts to the same thing. And… Read More ›

The Coming Son of Man

Assumptions get made about certain passages and concepts. The belief in the Second Coming is cemented into the consciousness of Christians. So much so, that if you approach an accepted Second Coming passage and think it is about something different, people become irate. You are probably thinking that I am not going to approach Luke… Read More ›

The Kingdom Within

I am not a scientist. My brain just does not work that way. As a matter of fact my brain recoils at the sight of scientific equations. Quantum theory, string theory, and all the other theories end up befuddling my feeble attempts to understand. I know enough to know that not everything can be chucked… Read More ›

Traveling Thanks

We kind of expect our parents to take care of us; to love us; to show kindness. I know that it doesn’t always work that way, but there is something in us that expects it. So much so that when it doesn’t happen we feel the incongruity. But when we expect it there may be… Read More ›