Ukraine
Posted on March 30, 2014

Let’s confess right up front that I am by nature a positive thinker. I believe the best about God, and therefore I believe that God wants the best for the world. That being said, I also believe that we have to do our best. We do not sit idly by, assuming God will correct our mistakes or compensate for our inactions. We partner with God in creating the best world possible.

Preacher
Posted on March 23, 2014

I was reflecting the other day on Paul’s word, “How can they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) As I reflected, I began to wonder: Why do people come to church and listen to sermons? Obviously there are numerous meaningful reasons for attending church that have nothing to do with sermons. But specifically, for those who actually pay attention to sermons, why do you do that? What are you hoping to hear?

Listening
Posted on March 16, 2014

Throughout much of the gospel of Mark, Jesus will perform a miracle and then say to the recipient of the blessing: “Be sure to tell no one what was done for you.” Why do you think He did that? It would seem that Jesus would want people to tell others of his healing power. Instead, He frequently does just the opposite. Why?

The Winter That Would Not Go Away...
Posted on March 9, 2014

The Winter That Would Not Go Away... That’s what my taxi driver called this winter we are living through. It’s been long, cold, and sometimes brutal. Over a two-week stretch in February, we had five snows (some of them big snows). We have had the winter they wish they’d had in Sochi! We’ve seen single digit lows at night. Therefore most snows did not have a chance to melt before the next snow arrived. Thus there has been new snow on old snow on ice on more old snow, etc. So, to quote John Steinbeck, the winter that would not go away is turning into the winter of our discontent. And, just when everyone hoped it might go away, good old Punxsutawney Phil said we should brace ourselves for six more weeks!

Can God be Surprised?
Posted on March 2, 2014

I heard a very good preacher say recently: “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” He went on to say that as he reads theology, he is convinced that God knows all. By that he means that God knows all that has been, all that is, and all that shall yet be. He even said that teenagers who wonder if true love will ever find them should be aware that God already knows the names of their grandchildren.