Oct24WedFive Steps to Accurate Interpretation October 24, 2018
Eugene Peterson, best known for his paraphrase of the Bible, The Message , has died at age 85. One of Peterson’s lesser known works, Eat This Book , includes this challenging word: "The practice of dividing the Bible into numbered chapters and verses ... gives the impression that the Bible is a collection of thousands of self-contained...
Sep19WedWhat does freedom from sin really mean? September 19, 2018 Dane Skelton
“Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16.
From time to time people ask questions that remind me how deep the discouragement and how hard the battle with sinful impulses can be. One of those came from a friend last week who asked: “What is freedom from the chains of sin? ...
Maybe you remember this scene from the first Indiana Jones movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark . The villain, French archaeologist Beloche’, leans in to the drunk, grieving hero who believes he’s just lost his girlfriend, “Jones!” he insists, “the Ark is a radio for speaking to God!”
“You wanna talk to...
The interview was disturbing. The young woman I was counseling was in deep-dish trouble. Her relationships were dysfunctional, she was up to her armpits in debt, and most of her decisions were based on a daily reading of her horoscope.
But the most troubling thing is that she had grown up attending church. She was supposed to know how to...
Wrath’s purpose in our lives, as well as the way it operates, is not what we imagine.
Someone once asked, “Do you believe people can change?”
“Yes,” I said, “I’ve seen it happen. I’ve also experienced it.”
“What makes them change?” He asked.
“The power of God working from...
Mar7WedMarch 7, 2018
Humanity is broken and hurting. Hear some comments from hurting people:
I’m 48 years old and my wife has just filed for divorce. I never planned for this. I never thought I would be alone and have to start all over this late in life. On top of that it may bankrupt me.
I was still in rehab, just recovering from a gran mall seizure brought...
Former Left Behind actor Kirk Cameron made some comments about the recent hurricanes that, taken out of context and twisted by headline writers, made it sound as if Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were God’s judgment on America.
As if on cue the blogosphere went bananas.
Patheos blogger, Michael Stone is a good example:
“Cameron is toxic....
Sep10SunSeptember 10, 2017
I’ll never forget my boss’s reply to a demanding department head who wanted his project moved to top priority for our maintenance crew: “Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency for me!”
I gasped and laughed out loud. I did not think anyone, much less the head of a lowly maintenance department, could...
Aug16WedAugust 16, 2017
“What is behind-a me is not-a before me!” shouted the Italian racer as he ripped the rear view mirror off the windshield and put the pedal to the metal in one of those silly seventies rally movies. We used to quote it when heading out on family road trips, exaggerating the dialect for effect.
Most of us would like to live that way, ...
Aug9WedAugust 9, 2017
Michael Jordan, principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets and one of the greatest professional basketball players ever, retired from the court in 2003 as one of the game’s wealthiest contestants.
The owner of the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, for whom Jordan played most of his career, remarked at the time, “He’s...