God, Border Laws and Desperate Mothers

  Bible History is full of desperate mothers.  So is modern history. There is a connection.   The mother is fleeing through the desert with her boy, desperate to find a home. When her canteen runs dry, Hagar collapses in tears yards from her baby, because she can’t bear to watch him die.   The …

Wacky Things Jesus Said

  Jesus said some wacky things.  What they suggested was wackier still.   Jesus said some things he had no business saying.  Unless.  You need that word unless.  I have heard people say things they had no business saying…unless…well, unless one particular thing was true.  In other words, you could only say what you just …

Why Prayer Doesn’t Work

  It was 1992, and we discovered we owed the IRS that year.  This was highly unusual. Only two years earlier, Joy and I had moved with our young family from South Carolina to Massachusetts to start a church. With limited income, three kids and the earned income tax credit, we usually got a refund. …

God’s Absurd Plan

  Why didn’t Jesus stay?   I have been pondering that.  God was born a man to bring his glorious light into our dark, broken, dying world.  Walking our world, He announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John …

Blessed are the Losers

  Jesus is a dear friend to losers. This is my great hope.   I don’t know what the great throng expected to hear from the newly famous, miracle-working rabbi when they sat down on a mountainside and turned their heads into the slight breeze to hear him speak.  I’m not sure they ever forgot …

5000 Reasons Why I Keep Blogging

  It was a fascinating story to a 6-year old hearing it and seeing it with flannelgraph figures deftly positioned by the Sunday School teacher.  Jesus takes a boy’s fish sandwich lunch and uses it to feed 5,000+ people. I never thought much about why Jesus fed some people who could have gone home and …

Song for a Son

  Skin of our skin, Bone of our bones, Now, skin and bones.   Mysterious sick, Food that won’t stick; Must find some trick   Doctors that pace, Fresh charts retrace, First world grace.   New test might show, Heads that shake no, Still we don’t know.   Waiting with tears, Pressing down fears, Months …

Every Belief Has a Because

  “I don’t believe something just because it’s written in an old book.”   The conversation a few yards away had pulled my mind from antiques and collectibles at the estate sale.  Overheard words exchanged between pondering customer and confident sales assistant touched on heaven and forgiveness and death. One voice was musing out loud, …

Did God Put President Trump Into Office?

  On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. The surprise winner was voted into office by 62,984,825 voters. (Wikipedia) Post election, people have been asking: Who were those voters who put him into office?  Pollsters, pundits and pastors have suggested several answers:  Evangelical Christians, disenfranchised …

God’s Not Fair

  The Bible tells the story of Job. Married. 8 kids. 11,000 head of cattle. Healthy. Wealthy. Wise. Loved God. Within 24 hours, his kids were killed in a storm, and raiding armies killed or stole his cattle, killing most of his ranch hands. He then contracted a brutal wasting disease that left painful oozing …