CREATIVELY MALADJUSTED

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your...

THE FIFTH WISE GUY

(based on the visit of the magi in Matthew 2: 1-12) You’ve likely heard about how church tradition has named the magi in today’s text as the three wise men, Belshazar, Melchior and Caspar, even though the Gospel account doesn’t give their names nor tell how many there...

A Picture of the Church

Luke 2: 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s...

CALL ME “BLESSED”

“...for he has been mindful  of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,  for the Mighty One has done great things for me.” Luke 1:48 One day, doing some channel surfing, I caught this preacher on TV boasting of how greatly...

HASTEN THE DAY: A TWO-PART DRAMA

“…as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God…” 2 Peter 3:12 Introduction: The blessed old saint’s life at last came to an end, peacefully, in his bed, as he breathed his last, with his loving and sorrowing wife and family gathered around him,. As his...

OF SAINTS AND CRUSADERS

Some time around 1190 AD, a handful of barefoot Christian monks in plain, ragged robes had an audience with a powerful Muslim sultan in his grand and glorious palace in Egypt. The leader of these monks was Francis of Assisi; the sultan was the cousin of Saladin, the...