“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1) At first, this sounds like an ominous warning to those who would presume to judge others. It is highly quoted, and I, myself have been the recipient of such a warning by well-meaning people responding to my posts. If isolated from its context, it … Continue reading Judge Not? A Christian Dilemma or Excuse?
"Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10 Amidst the swirling chaos that besets our country today, and by application, you and I as individuals. we come face to face with consequences both temporal and eternal. Former president Barack Obama has characterized it as "a blip on the long arc of history", but for those … Continue reading Beatitude of Solitude
I recall, with a great sense of remorse, a time in church with my teenage daughter, when she arrived to service wearing "flip-flops". That's right - "flip-flops"! What was she thinking? Didn't she know by now, that flip-flops were not appropriate attire in the "House of God"? Didn't she know how that might make me … Continue reading Tyranny of the Irrelevant
It's been said that you can't read a book by its cover. I'm not quite so sure of that anymore. Donald J. Trump's path to the presidency was fueled by his exploitation of the visceral worst within us, which was the exact opposite of appealing to our better angels. If you are reading this as … Continue reading A Picture Says It All
The Apostle Paul's metaphorical "thorn in the flesh", spoken of in 2 Corinthians 12:7 could have many meanings - the only consensus being that there is no consensus on what that thorn was. Although it was not a literal thorn he was referring to, it nonetheless was the source of considerable pain in his life. … Continue reading What Can We Learn about Affliction from Job, Paul and The West Wing?