Budget Christianity

“And you, in your turn, followed the example set by us and by the Lord; the welcome you gave the message meant grave suffering for you, yet you rejoiced in the Holy Spirit; thus you have become a model for all believers….” (1 Thess. 1:6-7). Today in America, one can become a Christian with relatively…

Insignificant and Despised

Verses 8 through 27 in Genesis 46 list Jacob’s descendants.  After this, Jacob and his family come to Egypt, settle in Goshen, and meet Pharaoh.  Before meeting Pharaoh, Joseph instructs his relatives to tell Pharaoh they are shepherds.  “Then you will be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen,” Joseph explains, “since all shepherds…

All the Answers or All Truth?

I talk with Christians of all stripes about scripture.  Regardless of background or denomination, I can usually connect with people in the Lord.  Sometimes, though, I’m concerned that we mainly look at the Bible as a place to find the right answers about creation, sexuality, church structure, and a host of other subjects.  Certainly, the…

No Mistake

This is something the Lord said to me years back that I’ve been thinking about: “You are not your mistakes. You are my son.”

Fair and Balanced

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). I don’t know how many times the chill of impossibility has traveled up my spine as I’ve read this verse.  PERFECT.  BE PERFECT.  No way, Jose.  (Or in this case, Haysoos).   While I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this verse with…

Not My Own

I have been meditating lately on verses that say I am not my own; I belong to Jesus, body and soul.  One example is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20–“You are not your own, for you were bought at a price.” This particular verse addresses sexuality. Christians do not have the right use their bodies in any way…

More than a Friend

I have had the song “More than a Friend” by Jeremy Riddle on my heart. It is a vulnerable song that undoes me. Enjoy just being with Jesus! *** In the quiet of my soulIn the stillness I hear Your voice callAnd I am overwhelmedAnd I am lost for wordsTo describe you Jesus You’re more…

Turning Tricks (Part 2)

When Tamar posed as a prostitute in order to get Judah to sleep with her, he promised to pay her a goat.  Tamar wanted some assurance.  She didn’t care about the payment; if she got pregnant she would need to show that her pregnancy fell under the duty Judah’s family had to carry on the…

Blame

Picture from the Whitman Mission Site Last weekend, my wife and I visited Walla Walla in Washington State.  Walla Walla is a cool little town surrounded by rolling prairie, farmland, and hills.  It is named for one of the Indian tribes that are native to the area. During our stay, we visited the Whitman Mission….

The Beauty of Jesus—George Elliot

A few years ago, a family member gave me a book called, The Beauty of Jesus (published in 1904).  It is a compilation of sermons preached by Reverend George Elliott in the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Detroit, Michigan.  Since receiving the book, it has sat on a bookshelf.  But I found that the title caught my…