For about 3 years from 2012 to 2015 we ran a column, “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” Occasionally, we like to reblog some of those post for the benefit of so many new readers, and hopefully, those who’ve been with us on this journey will profit from reflecting again on this wonderful theme. Have a great week-end. God bless.
I’m reading Perry Hall’s book “Grace Does That?” In it he tells the story of Charles Bradlaugh and Hugh Price Hughes.
Bradlaugh was the most prominent atheist in 19th century Britain. On one occasion he challenged the evangelist Hughes to a debate on the validity of Christianity.
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When you spend your entire life in the ministry of the Word you are always thinking, observing and evaluating what do the people need at a particular point in time.
While it is important to “preach the whole counsel of God,” some things are more needful than others at a specific church at a certain time. Just like Paul dealt with specific issues with the Corinthian church, or John addressed the unique challenges of the 7 churches of Asia, a thoughtful preacher will consider what is most appropriate to the audience where he is preaching. Continue reading
There are many metaphors in the Bible to describe Christians and the church. We are called the temple of God. A vineyard. Sheep. The Bride of Christ. The Body of Christ. And the Kingdom of God.
But my favorite and one of the most understandable and relatable is the church as a family. God created us for community. Relationships. And family. One writer expressed it this way, “A Christian without a church family is an orphan.” Continue reading
Since crossing the border into Canada 10 days ago, I haven’t been watching much news. But I noticed an article on my Yahoo news feed this morning bemoaning (again) a lack of civility that continues to plague our country.
I gather there is a war of words regarding Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant called the Red Hen. A provocative speech by Rep. Maxine Waters. Some cryptic comments by Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi being heckled as she bought tickets to see a showing of Mister Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor. And the President tweeting about something needing a paint job and someone with a low I.Q. That’s about it. Eh? Continue reading
This week finds Norma Jean and me in the area of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. We are in a meeting with the brethren at the Valley East Church that meets in Blezzard Valley.
We are staying in the home of Denis and Danny Veilleux, who are French-speaking Canadians, and most gracious hosts, who have kindly provided for our every need. Yesterday we were warmly received by the brothers and sisters who comprise this faithful family of God’s people. Continue reading
Charles Krauthammer, the conservative American columnist, author, and political commentator died yesterday at age 68.
Last August Krauthammer underwent surgery that was believed to be successful in removing a cancerous tumor. However, the cancer aggressively returned with no hope of recovering.
On June 8 Krauthammer issued a statement in the Washington Post saying he had only a few weeks to live. In reality, it was less than 2 weeks. After thanking his doctors, caregivers and professional colleagues, Krauthammer closed with this statement about his life’s work. Continue reading
Today is officially the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s something special, and memorable about the summer season. Or as James Russell Lowell expressed it, “What is so rare as a day in June?”
I have wonderful boyhood memories of summer growing up in central Indiana. No school. Sleeping in. Long days of sunshine. Riding bikes. Playing tag. VBS at church. Kool-aid. Summer nights catching fireflies. Fresh food from our garden. Playing hide-and-go-seek. No cares. No worries. Just a feeling of freedom and a time to have some fun. Continue reading
Several years ago the Smithsonian Magazine ran an article about the German-born mathematical and electrical engineering genius, Charles Steinmetz.
The author related a story that Henry Ford once called Steinmetz to his plant to solve a generator problem that his engineers couldn’t fix. Steinmetz rejected all assistance asked for a notebook, pencil, and a cot. For two straight days and nights, he listened to the generator and scribbled computations on a notepad. Continue reading
People love lists. We write task lists. Gift lists. Grocery lists. Project lists. And wish lists.
Lists are an easy way to help us remember things that are important. To prod us. To incentivize us. And to keep track of what is really important in life. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading