Only seconds after being thrown from a bicycle and landing in a deep ditch, I realized I was unable to move and paralyzed from my shoulders down. All kinds of doubts and threats invaded my consciousness. Along with this uncertainty came a calming assurance. I remember thinking, “God is my strength and refuge, an everRead more

The song of the crook

  You can learn a lot about a person by the company that he or she keeps. That is, those with whom you associate speak volumes about who you are. This is not only true of people but also of words. For instance, I looked up a word in the dictionary – crook. Several definitionsRead more

Marriage and a doughnut

FB Post: “Claiming that someone else’s marriage is against your religion is like being angry at someone for eating a doughnut because you’re on a diet.” My Initial Response: This statement is that it might easily be taken out of context. However, the accompanying photo and our cultural context encourage one to think that theRead more

What would you do? Think about it. What would you do?

What would you do? The Old Testament records an account of one of God’s spokesman named Elijah. Following a direct confrontation with a wicked king Elijah receives further instructions from the Lord. “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.  You shall drink fromRead more

What keeps preachers preaching?

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day. Many of my brothers, friends, colleagues, associates and acquaintances will stand in front of a gathering of people and proclaim a message from the Lord. Not all sermons are messages for the Lord, but many are. There are a great many pastors who strive with great purpose, diligence and effortRead more

The passion of Christ and your problems

In Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, as Jesus was hanging on the cross and dying, he had vivid flash backs.   There is no biblical evidence for these flashbacks; but Hebrews 12.2 tells us a bit about the psychological state of our savior as he was dying. What was in the mind ofRead more

“Brain-dead…” Birds and Boats…

Something was rolling around in my head and I was looking for a good way to say it. I felt “brain-dead.” Here’s how it went: • A High school friend on Facebook thought that her house might be haunted. The reason: every time she looked into the mirror some “old woman” jumped in front ofRead more

Fly fisherman and Worms?

Ever since I was a small child, I have loved to fish. As I grew up, I had opportunity to fish from the shores of small lakes and ponds. In my college years, I found myself in western New York State where I was able to fish for trout in small rushing streams. It wasRead more

Letter to an inquisitive friend…

Dear Reggie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and giving me an opportunity to interact with you. I have been thinking about our recent conversation and would like to respond to it. I was very happy to hear that you have a good understanding the importance of faith in Christ and his workRead more

Reading, reading, reading… And then reading!

Growing up in a Christian home has many advantages and blessings. From an early age I was taught the importance of the Bible and personal Bible reading. When I was about in the 5th or 6th grade I remember that the teenagers in our church carried bright red leather Bibles. This was impressive to me.Read more