The question of Christ’s crucifixion has been debated by theologians, historians, and preachers throughout the ages. Some may think the question is irrelevant after 2000 years. “What difference does it make,” they opine.
The issue of Christ’s crucifixion, however, may have greater implications to us than we initially realized. Continue reading
Tuesday we posted some thoughts about sharing. Sharing should be a part of the Christian experience. It’s fundamental to our way of life. It’s necessary for our spiritual growth. One area of sharing ought to involve our faith. But there is a right way and a wrong way.
I’m reminded of a “Peanuts” comic strip where Lucy tells her brother, Linus, that she has “converted” a school classmate to her way of thinking religiously. Linus is surprised, especially knowing how Lucy operates!
“How did you do it?” Linus asked. Continue reading
H.A. Ironside, the Canadian born author and theologian, tells about working as a boy in the late 1800’s to help his widowed mother. For a while he worked for a Scottish shoemaker or”cobbler” named Dan Mackay.
Mackay was known for his faith in Christ and his willingness to openly share it with his friends, neighbors, and customers. Ironside said his shop had a pile of gospel tracts and his Bible was usually open on the counter. Continue reading
This past week while in Florida we have enjoyed having both our grandsons, Roy and Miles, together. They are very cute together. Playing. Hugging. Laughing. Teaching each other new words. They really get along great.
But like all two-year-olds, they need to be reminded to share their toys, which they do pretty well. Kids can be taught to share. And most do a pretty good job. It’s adults that too often forget they ought to share with others. Continue reading
Last Saturday Norma Jean and I attended a cross country meet in Gainesville, Florida, to see the Florida College team coached by our son, Kenny.
There were hundreds of runners participating in several different events. Boys and girls. Large universities and small colleges. And High School athletes. Continue reading
In the last week of Jesus’ life, he again finds the temple defiled by the religious leaders. They had turned the court where Gentiles could come and learn about God into a mercenary business, instead of a missionary business.
Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves” (Matt 21:13). Continue reading
My friend and preaching colleague Roger Shouse in New Albany, Indiana, publishes a very fine blog entitled Jump Starts Daily. You would both enjoy and profit spiritually from reading it.
Yesterday Roger’s post especially arrested my interest with this two word warning: Pay Attention. The thesis of his post was many Christians lose focus, fail to stay on guard against the wiles of the devil, and are caught up in some sin because they failed to pay attention to the warnings of the Lord. Continue reading
It was 236 years ago yesterday that General Benedict Arnold was caught and arrested .
Unless you’re like some of the history challenged people interviewed by Jesse Watters, you know that Benedict Arnold’s name has become synonymous with the word “traitor.”
However, previous to his decision to become a turncoat, Benedict Arnold was a hero during the Revolutionary War. He was born into a well respected Connecticut family. He distinguished himself as a brave and skillful leader in various military campaigns and was given command at West Point. Continue reading
A nurse in the pediatric ward, before listening to the little one’s chest would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with wonderment. But she never got a response to equal four-year old David’s. Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart.
“Listen, she said, “What do you suppose that is?”
He drew his eye brows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. Continue reading
Last week Norma Jean and I kept our grandson, Miles Carter Weliever, who is almost 2 years ago. His vocabulary is increasing daily, because he will almost always repeat the last word or two or anything you say!