A Place of Death and Life

A hospital is a dangerous place. Diseases, traumas, and pain all concentrate into one place. If you are healthy and visit you risk catching a disease. If you are very sick you risk contracting an illness that will hasten your demise. Read more…

Take Nothing

“[Jesus] called the twelve apostles, sent them out two by two, and gave them authority over evil spirits. He instructed them to take nothing along on the trip except a walking stick. They were not to take any food, a traveling bag, or money in their pockets. They could wear sandals but could not take along a change of clothes” (Mark 6:7-9 God’s Word©). Read more…

Crises Crisis

While we might curse the crises that upset our lives and threaten our health, we are nonetheless forced by such problems to go deeper to derive meaning from them in an unstable world. Finally, we may be able to respond as Emerson responded when a man told him that the end of the world was imminent. Emerson calmly replied, “I can live without it.”

 

G. Scott Sparrow, “I Am With You Always: True Stories of Encounters with Jesus”, Bantam Books, 1995, page 48.

Love and Emotion

Love, heavenly love, the love which Jesus commands us to love, is not an emotion. Read more…

When the Cross Happens

The cross is not a metaphor; it is the avenue which God chose, and Jesus accepted, to take us into the tenaciously loving embrace of the hands of our Creator. Read more…

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day. While always important to me, this year is different. Read more…

Seriously, Love

If you expect your preacher to present an inspiring sermon then you don’t love her. If the preacher expects the assembled people to pay attention then the preacher does not love them. Read more…

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