Speaking the Truth in Love

Posts from October 2019

Matthew 5:44,46-47 

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. … If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Built on What?

In his 2009 book “Have a Little Faith,” Mitch Albom says that “religion is built on ritual” (p. 25). I understand how he could think that. Growing up in a Jewish family, Mitch participated in endless rituals – lighting candles, chanting prayers and scriptures, observing the sabbath and other holy days. But even in the…

Risen with Jesus

The apostle Paul says that a Christian has been “buried with [Christ] in baptism” (Col. 2:12). In immersion, a believing sinner unites with the Lord in his death. Jesus died on a cross and was buried in a tomb of stone; our sinful flesh is crucified with him, and we are buried in a tomb…

Psalm 8:3-4

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

Every Fool Will Be Quarreling

My older sister Sue and I were in high school at the same time. One afternoon she shared something learned in sociology class. The teacher had said that the most foolish kind of argument was the one in which both parties repeatedly contradicted each other: Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. Secretly, I agreed with…

A Storm Named What?

On August 21, 2011, a Category 3 hurricane formed in the Atlantic. The storm killed 49 people and caused major property damage ($14.2 billion). And the World Meteorological Organization named the hurricane Irene? Irene is a Greek name meaning “peace.” This makes me think of the name Christian. The Bible says that “in Antioch the…