Salvation & Evangelism

Salvation simply means to be rescued from difficult circumstances. As professor and author Bruce Malina points out”…it was not a specifically God-oriented word…”[i] For most people salvation implies biblical consequences that impact our… Continue reading


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)  The world at the time of… Continue reading

Small Town Boy

An outsider in Jewish culture was someone who disobeyed the sacred Mosaic laws. Insiders lived carefully structured lives around the ancient traditions of Jewish faith. In the stratified society insiders made rules which… Continue reading

First Steps

First steps are always the most important. They may not seem significant but taking that first step is a commitment to follow a path toward either a certain or uncertain future. Lives will… Continue reading

Pope Leo I and the Council of Chalcedon

The eternal city of Rome had once been the heart and soul of a great empire which straddled the known world. By the middle of the 5th century, though still the center of… Continue reading


At the beginning of each season I choose a theme to be the foundation of my messages. These themes are developed through prayer and seeking God’s plans for His churches under my care.… Continue reading


There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair… Continue reading

A Time for Everything

During the heart of winter as temperatures drop and the winds blow cold, I begin to contemplate the return of spring. My activities include preparing my fishing gear, purveying garden catalogs and planning… Continue reading

Led by the Spirit into the Wilderness

After the time of the Apostles some of the most faithful followers of the new faith were known as the “Desert Fathers”. Most lived in Egypt and sought the solitude of the desert… Continue reading

Hostile Hospitality?

When defining a state of being, whether emotional, physical or spiritual, I find it helpful to ask, does it represent the presence of something or the lack of something? A simple example is:… Continue reading