“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) “Naaman went away angry and said, ‘I thought that he would surely come out to … Continue reading ‘Poor in spirit,’ rich in possibility
I am a native of the western New York Finger Lakes region. I became a Christian in the spring of 1976 as a freshman at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. But I then spent several years carelessly soaking up grace just as sunbaked sand absorbs a summer shower--burying my talent like the servant in the parable--before realizing that the verse in the header is the door to life. I currently live just outside of Washington, DC in Springfield, VA.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name … Continue reading Who ‘makes disciples’? And where can it go wrong?
“But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, … Continue reading ‘Because you say so’
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) … Continue reading Always faithful–except when I’m not
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB) Unlike car batteries or smoked turkey from the deli, gauging the … Continue reading A time for everything
“Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “’What are we accomplishing?’ they asked. ‘Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on … Continue reading ‘What have you done to my church?’
“’Is this your son?’ they asked. ‘Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?’ “’We know he is our son,’ the … Continue reading Dividing light
“Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.’ “But others asked, ‘How can a sinner perform such signs?’ So they were … Continue reading The light in the darkness and the light that dispels it
“Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, … Continue reading ‘Parts is parts,’ ‘it is what it is,’ and other convenient myths
“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) “See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights … Continue reading More than a feeling–much more
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37) “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and … Continue reading You can get there from here: Turning the darkness into light (Part 3)
“Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, ‘Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.’ “But Naaman went away angry … Continue reading Turning the darkness into light (Part 2)