Living Out of Context

  A recent Twitter conversation offers some insight into the thinking of many. Background: a presidential candidate presents himself as Christian and gay. A Twitter post highlighting this candidate was replied to by a well-known religious figure (XYZ). The reply stated unequivocally that you cannot be Christian and gay. (I am purposely leaving out the…

Don’t Adjust the Contrast

  From a humanities perspective, God’s word to us is a study in contrasts. Distinctions of people, places and things are noted on page after page. The Creator, who dwells in unapproachable light, provided those created in His image with eyes to see and ears to hear so as to discern the dissimilarities with a…

Hypercatastrophic Cardiomyopathy

  A recurring diagnosis in Scripture, as the augmented title suggests, is the enlarged and unresponsive heart. We can read accounts when God brings into certain character’s lives situations which reveal the true condition of that character’s heart. I am reminded of Pharaoh and the Exodus account. Pharaoh, you will recall, wanted Israel to remain…

Only One Thing Matters

  Three scenarios, two Marys, and only one thing matters: Jesus’ parents used to go to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up as usual… After the festival, Joseph and Mary left Jerusalem for their home in Galilee. They went on for a day’s journey thinking…

From True Lent to True Vindication

  “He told this next parable against those who trusted in their own righteous standing and despised others.  “Two men,” he said. “went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee; the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed in this way to himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am…