Goldfish Jumping Out of the Water

Challenge Accepted?

There’s a way of measuring whether Jesus is at the center of your entire life, or whether he’s slipped to the back of the bus…

Would God Want to Go to Church?

Sunday! Don’t Miss It! Stars for Bible Verse Memorization… A Warm Welcome to YOU! If you’re a first-time visitor…you get a present! You may have heard of the mother who one Sunday morning went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.” “Why not?” she asked. “I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “One, they don’t like me, and two, I don’t like them.” His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you should go to church. One, you’re 50 years-old, and […]

Blazing Glory

“If God were to appear before me right here and now, I’d have a few pointed questions for him.” Ever heard someone say that or said it yourself? We tend to think that we’re in a position to call God on the carpet for the things that happen in life. The truth is that if God really did appear to us right now we wouldn’t be in the mood to ask him any questions. Rather absolutely terrified, we’d be looking frantically for the nearest exit! At least that’s how everyone who has ever come near the blazing glory of God […]

Suffering…and Rejoicing

Peter looks at the question of suffering from just about every angle in this little letter. He tells us that we aren’t to be surprised…

Where Was God on 9/11?

We were running late that morning, so my wife Shirin and daughter Sarah missed their regular train at the Babylon station of the Long Island Rail Road…

God at Work

Updated August 31, 2014 So you’re having a bad day. A very bad day. No. You’re having a bad, very long season in your life. Do you think that something really bad that happens to you could turn out to be something really good—or maybe not even really good, but one of the best things that ever happened to you? The Apostle Paul thinks so. 1) In Romans 8, Paul says that God is at work in everything for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. He even gives us examples in his own […]

The Rise and Fall of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ has moved from the status of only Savior of the world, to something far less. I'm going to refer to this new Jesus as “St. Jesus.”

Our Own Good

What a bad rap God’s Law has been given. All those “thou shalts" and "thou shalt nots”—nothing but negativity!

God, Unmistakable

In one form or another we’ve all said it, or at least thought it: “How can a loving God allow that?” There are so many ways in which we think we can call God to account for what he does, or doesn’t do…

Impossibly Holy

Now it’s one thing to believe that God is holy (most religions don’t), but it’s quite another when this holy God expects us to be holy, too.