Acts of kindness

Read Acts 4:8-11 Biblical miracles were acts of God’s kindness. They saved those who would believe in Him. They delivered those who obeyed Him. They brought blessings of life to those who would worship, serve, and follow Him on this earth. In the context of the gospel, the miracles were acts of healing and deliverance…

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Is the church secular or spiritual?

Piety emerges that is in itself inspiring, and we see how those after the apostolic era did Christianity and lived their faith. While American Christianity as a whole is concerned with partisan politics and stances on certain issues, early Christianity draws a distinct line between the sacred and secular which is seen in how those…

Tell He Calls Me Home

Like many of us, writing is not easy for me. Even if I understand a thing well enough to talk about it, I struggle with what to write, how to write it, and why I’m even writing it. Yet, sometimes I am deeply touched by what someone else has written about it. This is one…

“Don’t Judge Me!”

     I was teaching a VBS adult class last week and made a statement about not attending the worship assembly that hit me as being a personal judgment as soon as I heard it leaving my mouth. Too late! We talked at length in the class about the statement I made and the idea…

In Christ I Stand

Growing up, I would go to the used book store and traded for comic books to read. The comic book heroes I grew up with are very popular today. My favorite comic book hero was Captain America.  Yet, a boy must put away childish things to become a man. My heroes became the real servants…

Self Examination 

At times I feel rather inadequate, even unworthy, when writing or teaching or speaking about God and our faith. Obey the commandments of God. Follow the teachings of Christ. Do the right thing. Becoming the kind of man who will live that way. These are not always easy for me. Since my dad passed away,…

Global Warming and God’s Sovereignty

I will not use my time here to discuss the validity of global warming. It is not a spiritual or religious matter but a science issue that has been politicized.  However, it is an issue believed to have a global impact that requires more than an individual response. Yet, the debate does evoke a discussion…

Our Common Ground

     All peoples everywhere are connected across all points of differences by our common ground, what many call our common humanity. Not saying that all beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences are equal. Certainly they are not. The point is that though we appear to be different from one another on the the surface, our inner…

To Those Most Important To Me

I am an armchair philosopher and theologian. I am an armchair sports analyst and political analyst.  I am an armchair sociologist. I am not an armchair person.  I live my life fully engaged with other people. I live my life fully engaged in a higher purpose than what can be known by our material senses.…