Yogurt Theology and Humble Patriotism

Yogurt Theology and Humble Patriotism

This is the second part of my reflections on Christian patriotism. I well remember eating my first carton of yogurt.  The label pictured blueberries, one of my favorite fruits, but as I tore off the top, I was a little disappointed to see a white substance when I was...
Humble Patriotism

Humble Patriotism

The historian David McCullough is an engaging storyteller who in his book 1776 documents how the fragile American Continental Army barely survived the year while taking on the superpower of its day.  1776 is a defining moment of uncompromising patriotism. George...
The Child Who Crawled Into Jesus’ Lap

The Child Who Crawled Into Jesus’ Lap

Last Sunday was Father’s Day.  Here’s an extended story I once told the children in our congregation. Perhaps some Moms or Dads might want to tell it to your children or grandchildren. And sometimes a story meant for others unexpectedly hits home to us even more!...
A “Post-Truth” Society?

A “Post-Truth” Society?

Every year the Oxford English Dictionary chooses a Word of the Year that achieved special prominence that year.  As you might know, the Word of the Year for 2016 was “post-truth.”  Here’s the definition: “Circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in...
Can Life Be Fair?

Can Life Be Fair?

Job had no reason to expect anything but good as his “just due” in life.  The Bible calls Job a “blameless and upright man” who “feared God and shunned evil.”  Yet Job’s life fell apart.  In rapid succession, Job lost his wealth, his servants, his many children who...
The Fruit of Solitude

The Fruit of Solitude

Arsenius was a well-educated member of the Roman Senate who lived in the royal court as tutor to the sons of Emperor Theodosius in the 4th century.  While living in the palace, Arsenius prayed to God these words, “Lord, lead me in the way of salvation.” A voice...
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