So much has happened this week. Only seven days ago, we were looking ahead with certain expectations. Now, we look back, and the news and social media highlight the divisiveness … Continue reading God’s Future–Malachi 4:1-6
After a long, divisive election season, the results surprised many pundits. The polls predicted a different outcome. Yet, the 45th President will be someone who has never held political office before. … Continue reading What Next?
This election year is full of vitriol and divisiveness. People might conclude that the apocalypse is upon us. Yet, the sun keeps rising each morning. People still work together. Families and friends … Continue reading Despite the Election, All Is Well
We might not utter the pride-filled prayers of the Pharisee, but we think them. Or, if we are honest with ourselves, we do. How many of us have looked around … Continue reading Pharisee? Tax Collector? Don’t Pick Your Poison.
We sang, as children, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” And, just a few verses after where I stopped reading, we have Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the … Continue reading Jeremiah’s Response to a Troubled People During a Troubled Time
In Hangzhou, China, Xi Jinping hosted the member nations of the G20, along with eight heads of state, on September 4-5, 2016. The purpose of the G20 is to provide … Continue reading Finding Christ in World Trade
Hebrews 13 presents readers with two problems. First, there’s the change in tone. It differs from chapters 1-12. Without chapter 13, Hebrews looks less and less like an epistle. But, … Continue reading Serving Others is Christ-like
The Good Samaritan is a parable about the other. It is one of the most common stories in scripture. Most non-Christians know the gist of the story. In some ways, … Continue reading Compassion in The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
In this political season, there is endless news coverage of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. Media covers every embarrassing nuance of their campaigns, every step forward, backward, and sideways and … Continue reading Politics Distract Us from Jesus
Just as Peter, James, and John had to come down from the mountain, short term mission trips end. After the Transfiguration, Peter wanted to stay on the mountain. Many people … Continue reading Coming Down From a Missional High
We arrived on Monday and visited the children in the orphanage. Tuesday, we followed our normal mission trip routine: breakfast, individual devotions, walk 300 meters to the orphanage, play with … Continue reading In Haiti Again
In a recent article, I wrote about God’s activity in the world. Asserting that God is active in the world implies some level of God’s intervention in the world. Does … Continue reading God’s Activity