My week started with a glimpse of heaven. I attended a worship service where all the ethnic churches of the Tennessee Baptist Convention were gathered. I listened to the beautiful Korean choir, enjoyed the sways of the Sudanese singers and gloried in my Lord, as we sang “How Great is our God” in multiple languages. … More Unnatural Disasters
Read Matthew 5:43-48 “I love everyone.” Easy to say, hard to live. “I love everyone, but I don’t have to like them all.” It may be technically true, but is not very biblical. “I love those who are like-minded in Christ.” Now, you’re just falling off the path. What did Jesus say on the mountain? Love … More What if my enemy walks in?
Read Matthew 5:38-42 He was referring to the Law. Justice is pretty clear-cut. Lose an eye, take an eye. A tooth for a tooth. It’s easy to follow the logic of the law. I’m sure Jesus wondered why his people couldn’t follow it better. After all, it was easy to understand. But Jesus wasn’t just … More What if I get smacked?
I was locked inside the library with my boss and co-worker on Saturday. The building was surrounded by barricades and police. I could see snipers on the rooftops overlooking our downtown square. A garbage truck was parked in the middle of the street to keep someone from using a vehicle as a weapon. And still … More Post tenebras lux
Read Matthew 5:29-30. “The Devil made me do it!” At least, that’s what comedian Flip Wilson used to say. The blame game is nothing new. It started in the Garden and has never ended. What’s funny to me, though, in this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, is that Jesus seems to be letting … More What if it’s your eye’s fault?
Read Matthew 5:21-26 He was preaching to thousands. It’s hard to imagine that he would specifically intend this lesson for me, right? Yet, like his parable about the sower, I suppose he was spreading seeds here, and it’s for me to decide what kind of soil I will be. I can’t exactly pick and chose … More What if your brother’s mad at you?
Following Jesus is not easy. It’s joyful, wonderful, full of blessings, but not necessarily easy. He never said it would be, but he did say he would be with us. I’m so grateful for that! During his short time on this earth, Jesus shared with his followers (which includes those present and those to come–us) … More What if…
Have you ever wanted to just “go off the grid” and hide from the troubles of this world? I’ve seriously considered it more than once in the last 50 years. It seems between natural and man-made disasters, the world is coming to an end. I have friends who have stopped watching the news; they claim it’s … More No exemptions
According to the world, bigger is better. If the crowd is doing it, so should we. If my needs are not met 100%, then I should get up and leave. If it makes me uncomfortable, I should protest or seek out a place more tolerant and appeasing. What would make a person want to continue … More When the pews are empty
I’ve been going back to my childhood recently watching “Family Affair”, an old 70s TV show that depicted Brian Keith as an uncle who took in his late brother’s three children. One of my favorite characters is Mr. French, the English butler. He is very distinguished, but can be a wonderful, loving friend to the … More What sets you apart?