“God hates” is not an expression we often hear.
We preach about the love of God. We sing about it. We write about it. We read scriptures like “God so loved the world…” (Jn 3:16).
But, “God hates”? Continue reading
In the early days of our blogging we wrote a column with that title. For two years we looked at the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion to see the drastic change in people’s lives and the world’s history from six hours that Friday to very early Sunday morning.
Friday was a metaphor for betrayal. Denial. Cowardice. Hate. Suffering. Despair. Defeat. And death. But Sunday symbolized victory. Help. Hope. Healing. Love. Joy. And eternal life. Continue reading
The 16th century German theologian, Martin Luther is credited with saying “A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”
We understand the value of anything is determined by its investment, either in time, money, or personal sacrifice. When Jesus says, “follow me,” he is calling us, not just to hang out with him, or tag along, but to a devout, different, and dedicated, life. Continue reading
A woman rushes to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out.
She rattles off, “Doc, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were blood-shot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!”
“What’s wrong with me, Doc?” Continue reading
Warren Wiersbe relates a time when he and his wife visited a world-famous weaver and watched his men and women work on the looms.
Wiersbe noticed the undersides of the rugs were not very pretty. The patterns were obscure. And the loose ends of the threads dangled.
“Don’t judge the worker or the work by looking at the wrong side,” the guide told them. Continue reading
Chuck Swindoll, in his book Growing Deep in the Christian Life, tells a story that occurred in Long Beach, California, several years ago at a fast-food fried chicken joint.
Late one afternoon a man and his date stopped for two chicken dinners to take on a picnic. However, after driving to a secluded spot to eat they opened the sack and discovered over $800 in cash. The lady at the counter inadvertently gave him the sack with the proceeds from that day’s sales. Continue reading
The 19th century American Humorist, Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain was known as a critic of organized religion. He often poked fun at preachers and their preaching.
One Sunday Twain attended a Sunday service. Afterward, he met the preacher at the door and said he had a book at home with every word he preached that morning.
The minister assured him that the sermon was an original. Twain still held his position. So the preacher demanded to see this book. Twain said he would send it over to his office the next morning. Continue reading
Last Thursday, Bible commentator Warren Wiersbe died at age 89. He left an impressive legacy of resources of over 150 books on how to read, explain and understand the Bible.
While I did not always agree with Wiersbe’s theology, I did appreciate his conservative scholarship on most topics. His writing was simple, straight forward and easy to understand. He wrote for the common man.
Wiersbe described himself as a “bridge builder, spanning the gap from the world of the Bible to the world of today so that we could get to the other side of glory in Jesus.” Continue reading
Last night during the Alabama-Clemson national championship football game, there were some clever commercials. But the most amusing was AT&T’s ad with the catchphrase “Just Ok is not OK.”
The ads depict various situations where settling for ok is unacceptable. One shows a man in a hospital bed waiting for surgery. While his anxious wife looks on, she asks the nurse about the doctor and she responds, “He’s ok.”
In another scene, an artist tells a man getting his first tattoo that he’s “one of the tattoo artists in the city” and that the result is going to look “OK.” Continue reading
In that post, we discussed some things that detract and distract our attention from worshiping God in the assembly. The post elicited this question from the reader: “What are some of the strategies for overcoming these distractions while we are worshiping God?” Continue reading