They Had all Things in Common

Historical reporting presents a constricted view of the events and culture being described. Ultimately all history is a snapshot that, despite being worth a thousand words, cannot convey the actualities of the past.… Continue reading

A Passionate Church

Years ago, when I was struggling with the idea of becoming a pastor, I took a lay leadership class in one of our states larger cities. The host minster explained that 30 years… Continue reading

What is the Good News

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than the story of our savior. While beliefs about salvation, prosperity, truth, forgiveness and love are integral to God’s plans, they are not the purpose of… Continue reading

Embroidered Pillow

Psalms 1 ‘Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in… Continue reading

Tracking in Mud: A Reflection on the Book of Job

It would be helpful to place the Book of Job within its cultural and historical context and to understand the motivation of the authors. Attempting to interpret its message within a political or… Continue reading

Fear of Wisdom?

Wisdom Literature: In the first chapter of Proverbs, verse 7 the author declares that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”[i] If fear leads to… Continue reading

“Well, then, it doesn’t concern us.”

Recently Debbie and I watched a wonderful old Jimmy Stewart movie called “Shenandoah”. The story tells of a prosperous, hardworking Virginia farm family struggling to remain neutral during the Civil War. Stewart was… Continue reading

A Preacher and a Prophet and a Problem

A perusal of definitions for Hebrew prophet from various resources revealed a consensus on the foundational elements of prophetic literature. Two examples are used below to summarize those characterizations. James Strong, authors of… Continue reading

Reckless Driving

While driving to class in Kansas City recently I saw a car coming up from behind me dodging through traffic, changing lanes and driving recklessly. It almost clipped my bumper as it hurled… Continue reading

Was Jeremiah a Bullfrog?

Jeremiah 1:1-10 (NRSV) “The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the LORD came in the days… Continue reading