After a recent day of heavy rain I saw a local TV news report about a flooded apartment building. The video showed a stream of water flowing out the door of an apartment. My heart ached for those dealing with such a problem, but my mind went back to one morning some years ago when I encountered a similar sight.
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1, NIV). This is without doubt, one of the harshest verses found in Holy Scripture.
Though I had never heard of him, the church lost a great ecumenical leader when Pablo Sosa died at the age of 85 on Jan. 11. Pablo Sosa was an Argentinian Methodist pastor who became a leader within the global church. He did so not by any great speeches that he gave but through the hymns that he wrote.
One Sunday Toni was cleaning up after worship. As I entered the sacristy, I could tell something was bothering her. When I asked her, she told me how angry she was about something I said in my sermon.
In Genesis 8:22 God is responding to Noah’s offering, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Last weekend my wife and I went to see the newest Star Wars movie. Obviously we’re not die-hard fans of that saga since we waited several weeks after its release for the crowds to thin out before viewing the film. Nor did we dress up in appropriate costumes as our kids did for one of the pre…
This past week I read a letter by a young woman who was distraught over losing a friend because she (the young woman writing the letter) had lost her faith.
On New Year’s morning I turned on the TV to hear a news anchor optimistically declare, “It’s going to be a good year!” However, as I heard the morning headlines, I could see why someone could come away with a very different prognosis.
Last week we celebrated Epiphany and the visit of the Magi. Amongst the liturgical churches, this week we celebrate the baptism of Jesus.
So, why was Jesus baptized?
The Biblical account of the fall that led to the eviction from Garden of Eden is the lot of all who are cursed with the prolific wildflower we feature today.
Christmas is over. Up next is New Year's Day. I hope your Christmas was a good one. For many Christmas is all about getting together with family and friends, the celebration, the gifts, and the familiar Christmas songs. If that all Christmas is, however, now that the day is over, there is that post-Christmas let-down.
In honor of my new grandson, I would like to challenge you to join me in making this a “Theo” year – a year “of God”. God has given you this year – what would it mean for you to dedicate it to Him? What would it mean for you to live your life in such a way that it is “of God”?
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a figurine of the Holy Family. In this particular scene, Joseph is holding the baby Jesus while Mary is sleeping by his side.
Allow me to elaborate further on the verse in last week’s article. The King James Version of the Bible says in John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” In other translations the words “(not) to condemn” are broa…
There seems to be a debate that is growing. Every Christmas I receive emails and comments questioning whether or not Christians should be celebrating Christmas.
During the season of Advent, those of us in liturgical churches have two weeks in which we hear the call – the cries – of John the Baptist.
If you struggle with the miracle of a virgin birth, let me remind you that the nature of a miracle is something that defies normal explanation.
It’s a time to prepare for Christ’s coming – not just the celebration of His birth, but also His future return into the world. We should be thinking about getting our houses in order because Jesus is coming.
Advent is the four-week period before Christmas. Within liturgical traditions, it also begins a new church year. Yes, Advent is about waiting and preparation. But waiting and preparing for what?
I had the opportunity to babysit my young grandson recently. Although he’s talking more and is better able to communicate what he wants, his vocabulary is understandably limited since he’s still less than 2 years old.
In addition to disease-carrying contagions which are sometimes present in the air we breathe, there are other infectious spirits and attitudes in the world around us which we need to guard against.