Last night it was my privilege to speak and lead a devotion for Florida College students many of whom attend Temple Terrace Church of Christ. What a wonderful, receptive and engaging group of young people.
I was asked to discuss the call of Abraham and the offering of Isaac recorded in Genesis 12:1-4 and 22:1-14. We wanted to approach these narratives not just as a historical account or an academic exercise, but as an example that is practical, personal and relevant to our daily lives. Continue reading
Hudson Taylor was a 19th-century British missionary who spent 51 years in China. On one voyage as they neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, Taylor heard an urgent knock on his stateroom door. He opened it, and there stood the captain of the ship.
“Mr. Taylor,” he said, “we have no wind. We are drifting toward an island where the people are heathen, and I fear they are cannibals.”
“What can I do?” asked Taylor. Continue reading
Faith has become the object of ridicule in America today. Particularly Christianity.
Our Vice President, Mike Pence, has been mocked for his faith on numerous occasions. In the wake of the recent school shooting those who have offered prayers for the hurting have been received with sarcasm, scorn, and satire in some quarters. Various talk shows and their hosts have spewed anti-Christian bigotry without any repercussions from the networks Continue reading
Owen Bourgaize relates an encounter with a woman who saw him as he drove to his office. After parking his car, the lady standing nearby said, “That’s a nice car, but I wouldn’t want to drive it”
Obviously puzzled Owen asked, “Why not?”
“It’s green,” she replied. “Furthermore the license plate number adds up to 13.” Continue reading
Henri Rechatin was a celebrated French tightrope walker who amazed audiences with his high-wire act as he walked across Niagara Falls in the 1970’s.
Once he crossed from the American to the Canadian side pushing a wheelbarrow with a grooved wheel. At the conclusion of this breath-taking fete, he was met with thunderous applause. Rechatin then asked a little boy who was filled with wonderment, if he believed he could push him across the Falls in the wheelbarrow. Continue reading
Last week’s post, Don’t Let Doubt Sink Your Faith, prompted these 3 honest and sincere questions from a reader.
1) Are you saying that one can’t doubt their faith?
2) Are you saying that if we doubt that God won’t love someone who does?
3) Are you saying that if we doubt we are not people of faith? Continue reading
“Do you believe?”
This question was asked by Jesus to two blind men who cried to him for sight. Their response was “Yes, Lord.” Immediately they received their sight. (Matt 9:27-31)
To a blind beggar who Jesus had healed of his blindness, he asked, “Do you believe?”
But the question was far greater than Jesus’ ability to heal him. For he already had received his sight. The question spoke to his Deity. Do you believe I am the promised Messiah? was what Jesus was really asking. Continue reading