Suffering

Crosswalk by A Strakey-CCIt’s 1:34 AM on Saturday as I write this blog post without my usual beta reader and better half Kathy. We traveled from Portland to Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday for business reasons and our flight made for a long day. We spent so much time on airplanes I remember a moment when Kathy, looking up from our seats in coach toward the big seats in front, said, “We’re going to sit in first class someday.” I just laughed. (If you knew anything about our budget, you’d laugh too.)

During the drive from the Tampa airport to our hotel I remember seeing a billboard along U.S. Highway 98 that said, “Lakeland Regional Health Joins Mayo Clinic.” When I read that, I thought to myself, “That’s impressive.” I’m a fan of the Mayo Clinic. Continue reading

How Martha Gets A Raw Deal

Jesus loves you by Elton Harding-CCWhen you hear the name Martha in the context of the Bible, what comes to mind? I know for me I think of the time Martha welcomed Jesus into her home and became “distracted with much serving.” All the while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching. Martha became upset with Mary because she wasn’t lending a hand. In fact, she wasn’t contributing toward showing Jesus hospitality in any way other than listening to what he had to say.

Martha said to Jesus: Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work of serving alone? Tell her to help me.

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Political Polarization And Things For Which There Is No Law

I was standing in line at the post office today and overheard two women talking about the political polarization and anger we find in our country right now. An hour later I stumbled upon this quote from Os Guinness. Continue reading

A Curious Thing About The Miracles Of Jesus

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Read John 10:30-42.

The Artist Who Proved It

During the mid 1600s there was a famous French artist named Raymond Lafage. One evening he was introduced to a crowd in a tavern, but the man impressed them as a bumpkin. No one believed this completely unremarkable person could possibly be the famous artist Lafage. Continue reading

“I Am Trash”

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“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:28-29)

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Upon One Who Is Chilled

Inspiration for this short passage of fiction was drawn mainly from three different sources: James Joyce’s famous short story, The DeadLuke 11:5-13, and my and Kathy’s personal experiences caring for mom during the last nine months of her battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Some readers try to read too much into a work of fiction such as the one found below. I thank you in advance for not being one of those readers. (Did I mention–it’s fiction.) Continue reading

How I Gave Myself To Jesus But Then Gave Myself To Doubt (And Then Found Him Again In The Old Testament)

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“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”

John 10:1-2

How Jesus Views The Tanakh

In the verses to follow, Jesus is about to share who he is, using shepherd and sheep imagery from the Tanakh (or Old Testament). Something I’ve noticed about Jesus is his complete belief in the reliability and authority of the Old Testament scriptures. Speaking of the Tanakh he said, Continue reading