Well, I woke up this morning and the world hadn’t come to an end. Honesty, I can’t say that I’m surprised. But I wonder if Chris McCann is shocked?
McCann, the leader and founder of eBible Fellowship, an on-line religious group headquartered near Philadelphia, predicted the world would end on Wednesday, October 7th.
“It does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away,” McCann told The Guardian in a recent interview. Continue reading
Many people today, even so-called religious leaders, consider Jesus as merely a great man. A social reformer. A cynical philosopher. A champion of human rights. A critic of organized religion. Or just a marginal Jew with delusions of grandeur with a Messianic complex.
The late Robert Funk was an American Bible scholar and founder of the controversial Jesus Seminar which was popularized by Polebridge Press. Funk’s view of the gospel accounts regarding Jesus’ life was regarded as mere fiction. He wrote, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ‘marketed the Messiah’ to make him conform to Christian doctrine that evolved after the death of Jesus.” Continue reading
In Letters to God, kids were asked to write to God with their requests, here’s what a few of them wrote.
Dear GOD, is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? Anita
Dear GOD, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. Larry
Dear GOD, did you really mean, “do unto others as they do unto you”? Because if you did, then I’m going to fix my brother! Chris Continue reading
On our recent trip home from Florida and Louisiana, Norma Jean commented to me on the frequency of hearing the word “awesome” to describe anything and anyone.
Today everything is awesome. Ice cream. A nice shirt. A fun day at the park. Dunking a basketball. A blog. A sermon. I once had a server in a restaurant tell me “the meatloaf is awesome.” Continue reading
My wife has a lot of recipes. Suppose I invited you over one Saturday night to join us in the reading of some of her receipts? We could read her receipts for Sunday dinner: pot roast with carrots and potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, sweet potato casserole, rolls and chocolate pie?
You would probably say, “Ken, I’d rather wait until Sunday and come over and taste it myself.” Continue reading
Jennie Wilson was born on an Indiana farm in 1857. Her life was filled with trouble and change. Her father died in infancy. At age 4 she suffered a spinal disease that rendered her an invalid, confined to a wheel chair. However, she developed a love for music and poetry and began writing lyrics for hymns.
The post civil era in which she lived was a time of transition and vulnerability for many poor farmers, share croppers and emancipated slaves. In was during the time of societal upheaval that Jennie wrote these words that later became a famous hymn. Continue reading
Several years ago one of my favorite authors, anonymous, wrote a short essay entitled, “How To Be Miserable.” It began “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible.”
The article continued, “Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.” Continue reading