Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s whose profanities have become a trademark of his political persona, claims God spoke directly to him and ordered him to quit cussing.
Since taking office at the end of June, Duterte has threatened to kill drug dealers, questioned the pope’s heritage with an expletive, and told President Obama where he could go. And it wasn’t heaven! Continue reading
Beautiful. Gorgeous. Awesome. Amazing. Majestic. These and other descriptive words were exchanged by Norma Jean and me as we enjoyed the incredible scenery on our recent trip to Alaska.
But no doubt the most awe-inspiring, breath-taking, God-affirming sight was on our next to the last day when we saw Denali, formerly known at Mt. McKinley. It is the highest peak in North America, rising 20,310′ above sea level.
On the day of our tour deep into the park, it was cloudy, overcast and drizzling rain off and on all day. “The Great One” was shrouded from view. While we were disappointed, we had an enjoyable day. Continue reading
“I tackled my first English essay in college with enthusiasm, a thesaurus, and a naive disregard for page limits,” writes Carolyn Arends in an April 2014 article in Christianity Today. To her dismay the professor returned her paper with this comment: “Carolyn, you’ve made some fine points, but unfortunately they are lost in a sea of circumlocutious wordiness.”
While Carolyn admits she has always “loved words” and “a well turned phrase,” she confesses that she grew “troubled by a growing sense that (she) needed to pay more attention to wordless things.” She asks, ” Have I reduced the scope of what I can know to what I can articulate?” Continue reading
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Reese Witherspoon, The “Legally Blonde” star, recently appeared on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, “Chelsea,” where the guests talked about faith and death. I didn’t see the show, but saw a news clip.
Witherspoon discussed the role of faith as she grew up in the South, her Episcopalian roots, and her disdain for using religion to promote hate. She commented that many people “use parts of the Bible in order to express their intolerance and their hate and they manipulate it.”
Chelsea then asked, “Is there any way you feel that religion has held you back?” Continue reading
It’s Saturday and time for a little humor to end our week.
Did you hear about the children who were lined up in the cafeteria of a “Christian” elementary school for lunch?
At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. Because the children had been taking multiple apples and then wasting them, someone made a note, and posted on the apple tray, “Take only one. God is watching.” Continue reading
Larry Byerly tells about a time he was driving one foggy night. “I topped a hill and I could see through the fog for a moment. What an awesome sight!” Larry exclaimed.
“The clouds were scurrying along at a rather quick pace, across the face of the huge moon that seemed to softly light up the entire sky. Quite a change from driving in that fog with “no vision.” Continue reading
“Unbelief puts our circumstances between us and God,” wrote F. B. Meyer, “but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.”
We live in an age where many people, including Christians, allow themselves to be paralyzed by their fears, restricted by their disappointments, and confined by their circumstances. We place too much confidence on finite human ingenuity and not enough on the infinite power, protection and providence of God. Continue reading