Christ-Centered

Col. 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through...

MEETING JOB IN AFRICA

I used to think that I pretty much had the Book of Job in the Bible figured out. I remember a children’s book about Job that narrowed it down to: Job went through some really tough times and terrible losses. Yet, never did Job stop trusting in God. Therefore, God...

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Psalm 84: 1. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her...

THREE POINT NAVIGATION

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly[ with your God." Micah 6:8 To start this message, let me tell you what I mean by “three-point navigation.” It comes from the days...

“THE BEST THING WE’RE PUT HERE FOR….”

Luke 2: 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.[e] She did not depart from...

TREASURED, PONDERED

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” My message this morning will focus on two verbs in verse 20: “treasured” and “pondered.” But first, let me tell you about my saddest childhood Christmas, back when I was 10 or 11 years old. Oddly...

WHY ME? On The Visitation

Luke 1: 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy...

A PRAYER FOR ALL SEASONS

Luke 1: 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said,...

ON SLAVERY AS A HERMENEUTICAL PARADIGM

What follows is an essay I wrote several years back in response to what I have heard numerous times: that we cannot trust the Bible, nor can we reliably interpret it, as shown by the fact that modern people had to progress to the point where they eventually and wisely...

JUSTICE, PEACE AND SEX

I Thess. 4: 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and...