Speaking the Truth in Love

Posts from January 2020

Is Heaven a Trap?

Shortly after the publication of his memoir “Hitch-22,” prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens was interviewed by radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt. In their conversation, Hitchens described how he visited Cuba in the 1960s and was relieved of his passport. Commenting on that distressing experience, he said something like this: “No matter how great a place may…

In the Sewer

On the afternoon of December 19, 2011, workers at the Brown-Foreman plant in Louisville, Kentucky, were transferring liquor from one tank to another. Somebody forgot to close a valve, and 2,500 gallons of 70 proof alcohol poured into the sewer. The top comment on the story posted at a local news website read: “I think…

Winter Teaching Quarter

The Winter quarter begins next Sunday December 1st.  The adult classes will rotate as follows: Jason will be in room 1 with the topic:  “The Bible in 7 Passages” David will be in the fellowship room with the topic:  “Right in Our Own Eyes: A Study of the Judges” Steve will be in the Auditorium…

What’s the Problem?

Jesus was devoted to prayer. The Gospels suggest that he made a habit of getting up long before dawn and finding a solitary place to talk to his Father. The apostle Paul encourages us to commit to prayer, too: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Why, then, do so many Christians fail to schedule daily…

Romans 6:6-7

6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

The Valley of Tears

In a typical congregation of the church, the atmosphere varies somewhat from week to week. On one Sunday, the crowd is good, guests are numerous, and the singing is spirited. But on another Lord’s day, many brothers and sisters are traveling, others are sick, and the people present seem reluctant to sing out. These very…