A Critical Spirit

I have a neighbor I call, Critical-Cathy. If it’s not someone’s yard that isn’t quite right, it’s a trash can left out too long, or too much noise the night before. She greeted me the morning after I had purchased a sporty-looking red Toyota Corolla. “I see you got a new car,” she said withContinue reading “A Critical Spirit”

A Virus Worse than COVID

Virtually every news story relates in some way to the effects of COVID-19. The news feels suffocating. The death numbers mount and positive tests accelerate. CNN reported in mid-April that for every positive case, there are thirty-five Americans who have lost their jobs, while many more have been restricted to work from home. No oneContinue reading “A Virus Worse than COVID”

Misinterpreting and Misapplying Matthew 18:15-17

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two orContinue reading “Misinterpreting and Misapplying Matthew 18:15-17”

Prayer of Jabez: A new year perspective!

Prayer of Jabez: A new year perspective! As we enter 2017 and various new year resolutions have gone by the wayside, let me recommend a new faith-filled perspective in the form of the Prayer of Jabez. The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles is a parade of geneologies where this person begat this person whoContinue reading “Prayer of Jabez: A new year perspective!”

4 Questions 4 Easter!

“It’s Easter and I have nothing to wear.” Ever said that? No, I can’t say I have, but, that comes as no surprise to my wife or anyone else who knows me. “Fashion consciousness” has never been one of my strengths. But I have heard that sentiment expressed many times during this time of year.Continue reading “4 Questions 4 Easter!”

When is Forgiveness NOT Forgiveness?

When Is Forgiveness Not Forgiveness? The power of forgiveness was on display in Charleston, SC as the media watched in amazement as the Emmanuel AME church victims’ families chose to express forgiveness to Dylann Roof who had gunned down 9 people in cold blood during a Bible study. Given the tenor of the nation’s currentContinue reading “When is Forgiveness NOT Forgiveness?”

Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?

We live in a pluralistic society. Our neighbors, co-workers and friends come from many different religious backgrounds. They seem just as religious and moral as do Christians, if not more so. It seems the height of arrogance to think that Christians alone have the right religion and that everyone else is lost forever. We liveContinue reading “Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?”