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

A Cure for the Common Christmas

It is a disease, an affliction which lies dormant for eleven and half months then emerges like a bad cold or flu at the beginning of winter. Not all people have this affliction.… Continue reading

Want a Beer Pastor?

The question is often asked, “Are you comfortable in your own skin?” My answer is, “Sometimes.” As a pastoral leader I am often faced with uncomfortable and challenging situations. My responses require a… Continue reading

Then and Now

I constantly remind my congregation, and myself, that the events of the Bible happened thousands of years ago and that there has been a lot of history between us and Jesus. The scriptures… Continue reading

Tell Me the Stories of…

        Since the Bible was not written by a single author and has been redacted, edited, abridged, added to, subtracted from and retranslated  beyond count, it is difficult to read… Continue reading