With the recent uproar over Alabama’s new laws restricting abortion, it seems like time to weigh in on the subject. Sidebar: The Alabama laws were intended to be challenges to Roe v. Wade. For a good analysis on the real-life implications of that, see Prof. Ken Homa’s analysis. The Church has been consistently against the … Continue reading On Abortion
Jesus's resurrection is God's stamp of approval that Jesus's work to bring us back to God is complete and acceptable. Enjoy it. Close your computer, put down your phone, and spend some time being present with the people you love... and who love you.
Today is “Good” Friday, the day we recognize Jesus’s death on the cross. Growing up, I never understood what was so “good” about it. It seemed to me the death of our Lord and Savior would be a “bad” thing, right? Setting aside why it was happening, any day that begins with scourging and ends … Continue reading One Last Request
For most of my life, I resented Barabbas. Sidebar: Pretty much every Christian knows the story around Jesus’s crucifixion. In a sham trial, Jesus was “convicted” of blasphemy. According to custom, the local Roman ruler could have let him go. Instead, the ruler feared a(nother) rebellion as the Jewish leaders provoked a crowd to demand … Continue reading My Own Reconciliation with Barabbas
When my son was about 6 months old, I was scheduled to take him to get his blood drawn for some tests. The day before, I made a late-afternoon run to Home Depot and caught a sermon from one of my favorite radio pastors about Jesus praying in the garden the night he was to … Continue reading My son’s Garden of Gethsemane
Okay, pop quiz: Was John’s baptism of human origin, or divine origin? Take a minute and lock in your answer. A little backstory… Jesus’s mother (Mary) had a cousin named Elizabeth. She and her husband Zechariah were both “righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.” (Luke 1:6) Good … Continue reading Who Baptized John the Baptist?
Most of us are pretty familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6: 9-13) The prayer concludes, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” In most of the Protestant churches I’ve attended, at the end of the prayer, they immediately add, “…for Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. … Continue reading The “Power and Glory” of Being a Christian
For those unfamiliar, the Christian season of Lent started last Wednesday. It’s a 40-day period (46 days, not counting 6 Sundays) to commemorate the 40-day fast that Jesus undertook in the desert before beginning His ministry. At the end of His fasting – when He was at His weakest, by the way – the devil … Continue reading Why Jesus’s Temptations Matter to Us
During the dark days of the US Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made the comment that he "didn’t care so much that God is on our side, but that we are on the side of God.” Ah, the humble rhetoric of Presidents past… A few weeks ago, a good friend pointed out a comment made by … Continue reading Did God Elect Donald Trump?
After all the downer-posts I’ve recently shared, I felt compelled to offer up something a little brighter. Everyone has stories of praying for something only to one day have it come true. Here’s one of my favorites: The backdrop: I had a good friend who had three daughters. Sidebar: For blogging purposes, I refer to … Continue reading Saving Lives Through Prayer