Fulfilling Our Commitments to God, Part II

May 17, 2021

    Nothing is to stand between us and God—not our own ego needs, not our cultural standards of behavior, not our family’s ideas about the choices we should make during our lifetimes, or how we should think. Nothing, if we believe in God and all his covenants and promises to us that the Bible […]

The Promises of God

Jun 01, 2020

I got a haircut this week! The first one in three months! My hair was really the only complaint I have had about the quarantine brought on by the Coronavirus. Silly, I know, but that minor thing was my major complaint!  There are so many other things going on that have so much more weight […]

Tapping and Stepping into the Future

May 25, 2020

“Human beings want to feel that they are on a power walk into the future, when in fact we are always just tapping our canes on the pavement in the fog. A dose of humility would do us good in the present moment. It might also help reconcile us to the radical uncertainty in which […]

Trust in God

Apr 06, 2020

How do we come to trust in God, to believe and to live an anxiety-free life grounded in His presence? How do we come to be like Shadrach, Meshack and Abendigo who trusted God even as they were thrown into a fire or Paul who lived through all kinds of challenges including being shipwrecked and […]

Why Doesn’t God Stop the Coronavirus?

Mar 30, 2020

Doesn’t the world seem so strange now? It’s been almost three weeks since Mechlenburg County, NC, insisted that we stay home and closed the restaurants, schools and other businesses like bars where people congregate. And I would say that I am finally used to staying at home all the time except for daily walks in […]

From Birth to Death to Resurrection

Jun 10, 2019

Did you ever think that Jesus’ story from His birth to His death and resurrection might echo how He comes to us: first as a baby, a tiny commitment that matures and matures in us until we can see the risen Christ and we have been truly reborn? Every year our church calendars detail the […]

Obedience v. Faithfulness

Apr 22, 2019

Personally, I dislike the word obedience. It reminds me of my childhood and having to do everything exactly the way my parents or my teacher wanted. No wonder that as teen-agers we are so rebellious; we are almost old enough to decide what and how and when to do something or not—on our own! Obedience […]

Obedience v. Faithfulness

Apr 22, 2019

Personally, I dislike the word obedience. It reminds me of my childhood and having to do everything exactly the way my parents or my teacher wanted. No wonder that as teen-agers we are so rebellious; we are almost old enough to decide what and how and when to do something or not—on our own! Obedience […]

If We Christians Can’t Get Along…

Feb 18, 2019

  Recently, two dissenting readers sent comments that startled me. The first wanted to know if this was an Adventist site. And the second was disgusted with what I wrote. I get comments like the second one from time to time and I often try to start a dialogue with the person to see if […]

The Christ Child is Born!

Dec 24, 2018

And here we are, on the eve of Christ’s birth in this world, of his coming again to us, of his gifts of peace, joy, love and patience, of love and forgiveness. Tonight we will celebrate His birth in the manger, welcoming the new baby into this world. And we will welcome Him into our […]