Sorrow and Hope

Sorrow and Hope

“The history of Advent teaches us a great deal about its meaning and prepares us to observe this time with reverence and understanding. This history reveals the simultaneous... Read More »
(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

(Part 3) Handling Disappointment with People

We have seen that disappointment is an inevitable part of ministry. People let us down, and sometimes, as was Paul’s experience with Alexander the coppersmith (2 Tim. 4:14), they do... Read More »
WRONG PERCEPTION

WRONG PERCEPTION

If we are looking at John 4 through the lens of religion, there is a whole lot wrong with Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman.  Being in the wrong place at the wrong time... Read More »
Too Good to be True?

Too Good to be True?

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6a) Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness... Read More »
The Surprise of Repentance (Part Three)

The Surprise of Repentance (Part Three)

Now we get to it. After seeing the human condition of fallenness, even expressed in its disregard for God’s gracious patience, we now see the element of repentance that is, in... Read More »
The Surprise of Repentance (Part Two)

The Surprise of Repentance (Part Two)

We are seeing the surprise of repentance this week, and began yesterday by looking at Romans 2:1-3, where Paul is engaged in discussion with his readers about the human condition and... Read More »
Playing God and Other Perils (Part 2)

Playing God and Other Perils (Part 2)

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.  (Proverbs 20:5). It’s an old saying: “Know another’s burden, and... Read More »
“Dealing with Doubts” (Part Three)

“Dealing with Doubts” (Part Three)

There is some great theology in Genesis 50:20. Joseph has already taught his brothers about God’s justice, and now he moves on to the central lesson in his story: God is a God of... Read More »
“Dealing with Doubts” (Part Two)

“Dealing with Doubts” (Part Two)

We are learning from the Joseph story how to help those who struggle with doubts about God and their faith. In Genesis 50, Joseph and his band of brothers return from Jacob’s... Read More »
The Horse and Her Boy

The Horse and Her Boy

My father raised cutting horses, among other things. Consequently I grew up working around horses most of my young life. Unlike my sister, however, who raises Tennessee Walkers these... Read More »
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