Learning From Billy’...

When I was a little boy growing up in Alabama there were two names that were iconic in our household: Mickey Mantle and Billy Graham. This was in the early 60’s when Mantle was at his height, hitting 500 foot home runs with regularity. It was also before we moved to Maryland, I became an Orioles fan, and I learned that the Yankees were in reality the Evil Empire. But Mantle had retired by then, so he...

Racism and the Lord’...

In his book, Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson writes, Shortly after being installed as the twentieth pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon in November of 1954 titled “Transformed Nonconformist.” “The Christian is called upon not to be like a thermometer conforming to the temperature of his society,” said King, “but he must be like a...

Voices in the Bible

The Bible is different than the Koran or the Book of Mormon. Just not in the way you are probably supposing. According to Muhammad, God spoke to him through the angel Gabriel over the course of 23 years, dictating the various parts of the Koran. Muhammad isn’t the author, nor Gabriel; God is the author. Gabriel was the mouthpiece, Muhammad the recorder. If God had waited a couple of thousand years...

How a Normal Person Moves ...

The first and most basic step toward doing something evil is when you consider another person as something less. Less godly. Less good. Less human. When Europeans decided Africans with their superstitious religions were less godly, with their cannibilistic ways were less good, with their primitive jungle ways were less human, they justified capturing them, cramming them on ships like cargo, and selling...

Las Vegas and Our Culture ...

Note: This is adapted from a 2015 article I wrote after the massacre of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church. Sadly, I didn’t have to change much to adapt it. Once again we are reeling in the aftermath of another mass killing, the worst one in U.S. history. As usual, we also have to listen to the same rhetoric from both sides of the gun issue, then watch while nothing gets done before the country...

Free to be Your Best Self

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. There are passages in the Bible that are hard to understand. We puzzle over them, read Bible commentaries, listen to Christian leaders we trust talk about them, and still we end up scratching our heads. This is not one of those passages. What Paul is talking about, we all understand. You don’t have to be a...

God’s Offensive Love

God’s kind of love is the highest kind of love. It is unconditional, freely-given, abundant, never-ending, and steadfast through all circumstances. “What can separate us from the love of God?” Paul asks in Romans 8. “Nothing,” he says. Not the most powerful person on earth, now or in the future. Not death or the forces that bring it. There is no height that exceeds it, nor depth it will not stoop to. It...
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