Christmas in April
Posted on April 27, 2015

There’s a lot of truth packed in the old saying, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all....” I’ve been doing ministry a long time and often think (to quote the author of Ecclesiastes) that “there’s nothing new under the sun.” But every time I think that, a day like last Tuesday comes along.

Earth Week
Posted on April 20, 2015

A century and a half ago, Henry David Thoreau wrote: “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Three thousand years prior to that, a Hebrew writer penned what would eventually become the very first chapter of the Bible. In those verses he talked about the beauty of Creation, all that which was made by the hand of God, and (a) how God looked upon it and said, “It is good,” and then (b) gave us “dominion over it” (i.e., “stewardship for it”). From the world of faith to the world of philosophy, voices have long been telling us that this earth is a sacred place and it is incumbent on us to take care of it.

Easter II
Posted on April 12, 2015

The late Clovis Chappell was one of the twentieth century’s great expository preachers. He was also an incredibly gifted and engaging story teller. I read a story he told about a Philosophy professor in a church-related college. Reading it can never match the power of having heard him tell it, but for our purposes it will have to do.

Easter
Posted on April 5, 2015

Muriel Rukeyser wrote: “The Universe is made of stories, not atoms.” And The Greatest Story Ever Told concludes with the message: “He is not here, for He is risen!” There is no word greater or grander than that. The worst that life could throw at Him (or at us) was not enough. Jesus is bigger than death. God wins. Life wins. We win.