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

Tying Run on Third at the Bottom of the Ninth

Author Christopher Wright ask a fundamental question in his book The Mission of God’s People, “… What does it mean to be human? Are we gods, or merely animals that have evolved a… Continue reading

Maybe: The Effectiveness of Christian Missions

Perhaps a good starting point for a discussion on Christian mission is to ask two simple questions; “What is the principal goal of mission work?” The other is, “What are the results of… Continue reading

Grace: A Choice or Predestined?

        At the beginning of the Protestant reformation, England’s King  Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church of England and used the Parliaments to enact the laws ruling his… Continue reading

Grace in the Woodshop

For woodworkers, a router is not a device to wirelessly route signals from one computer to another. It is a tool used to make shapes, joints and edges in wood. Years ago my… Continue reading

Truth or Consequences?

Some of you may have noticed that the theme for this year’s Lenten messages has been “A Journey of Truth”. I have sought out scriptures which deal with truth and its opposite, deceit,… Continue reading

Evangelico Manifesto

So much has been said concerning the impact of the “evangelical voter” during this election year that I began to wonder “what is an evangelical?” The answer is  broad and encompassing, giving people… Continue reading

Cleaving the Murk

“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.” Aldo Leopold Years ago in early March, I arose before daybreak and… Continue reading

Little Red Cup

Originally I had intended to write an article about red coffee cups. It would have been a tongue-in-cheek observation of the pseudo controversy surrounding Starbucks conspiracy to undermine the celebration of Christmas. At… Continue reading