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?”

God’s Waiting Room

 I do not wait well.  I don’t like red lights; I don’t like slow cars in front of me. I don’t even like sitting still. When I left home for the first time and moved into my dorm room in college it was excruciatingly difficult until I brought my rocker from home. I especially don’tContinue reading “God’s Waiting Room”

The Biblical Root of Racism

The Biblical Root of Racism Racist! Few labels are hurled in today’s rhetoric that packs such a combative punch. The knee-jerk reaction to the charge of racism is immediate denial. No one wants to admit to racism. It has become viewed as one of society’s most evil sins. And for this reason I have foundContinue reading “The Biblical Root of Racism”

Dirke’s blog: Going from RESOLUTION to Godly RESOLVE?

What Does It Take To Stop You? New Year’s resolutions roll off lips with ease this time of year. A few months later they are long forgotten. What has God’s Spirit prompted you to do this coming year? Your faith is measured more by what it takes to stop you rather than what you attempt.Continue reading “Dirke’s blog: Going from RESOLUTION to Godly RESOLVE?”

Why Wait till Christmas? (Dirke’s blog)

She was sitting in the doorway to the mall.  I just assumed she was about to ask me for money… just like most of the tattered dressed, ashy faced, too much drama for TV people I saw begging ‘round there all the time.  I expected a story about how she needed money for the bus or.Continue reading “Why Wait till Christmas? (Dirke’s blog)”

Dirke’s blog – Thanksgiving reveals our proximity to Jesus!

You’re visiting at Auntie’s home. She gives your child a treat. What do you say? Every parent knows the routine. “What do you tell Auntie, honey?” We work hard at trying to get our children to understand the importance of saying, “Thank You.” We all too often know the feeling of doing something for someoneContinue reading “Dirke’s blog – Thanksgiving reveals our proximity to Jesus!”

Dirke’s Blog – An Amazing Divine Encounter

Have you ever had those seemingly random encounters with a stranger where God opens up an unexpected conversation and uses you to minister and encourage someone in the Lord? I sure have. Whether it’s entering into a discussion with someone sitting next to me in an airplane, or at a coffee shop, you never knowContinue reading “Dirke’s Blog – An Amazing Divine Encounter”

Dirke’s Blog – Catching the Music!

One of my most enjoyable privileges in teaching is to help our ministry and missionary students fall in love with God’s Word and ultimately Himself. In Interpreting the Bible class I emphasize more than good interpreting principles. I help students see the Scriptures as one story by one author, the Holy Spirit. It’s an adventureContinue reading “Dirke’s Blog – Catching the Music!”