The only book in the Bible with a warning label
Why did Peter jump out of the boat?
Where is God when life is a jumble and there is nothing but a stone for a pillow?
It shows up six times in four gospels. Why is this story so important?
Sarah remained oblivious…do we?
Sarah pushed the boundaries of cultural norms and treated Hagar as an equal. But unjust systems do not disappear simply by taking one step…
What do parapets have to do with Biblical interpretation?
The lollapalooza grand-daddy of all the off-the-wall Bible stories
Through the ages, Joseph has been portrayed behind Mary’s chair, hiding behind a pillar or looking irrelevant. Yet Joseph was a person with his own faith...
Zacchaeus wanted to be an observer, a critic, and not a participant. But Jesus had other ideas…
There is one glaring spot in the Bible where the phrase “Here I am” is shockingly absent.
How unorthodox a path would I be willing to take to help someone who has been shut out of the presence of Jesus by “the crowd”?
God not only tolerates complaints, but practically demands them.
What keeps us from seeing—really heart-to-heart seeing—other people?
The book of Jude seems written by someone who has a burr under his saddle or, as William Beahm of blessed memory used to say, “a raspberry seed under his...
Jacob’s lack of response is shocking. He has no answer, no solution to the violence
I have wondered why institutions that began with the
purest of motives often end up creating havoc, chaos, and
My 4-year-old nephew Simon asked, “Does God give hugs?” Yes, his mother said. Simon asked, “Do we have to wait in line?” His mother assured him that we...
It could be that we, too, have sought comfort from a counselor,
from a doctor, or from a friend. It could be that we have
resorted to books for help, to...
I gave the ball a good, hard kick. It took flight and landed
in a neighbor’s garden. I ran the bases and was headed for
home when I got nervous—not about...
God longs for us to thrive, and has given us the tools we need to do so. God loads us with benefits and loves us in so many ways. Still, If I can use...
As the sunset fades and night deepens, streetlights, shop
lights, and headlights shine, and I am reminded that it is in the
darkness that the light shines...
Your path may be painful, your days may be difficult, your
situation may be serious. As Christians, even through our trials
and tears, we are called to...
There is a certain woman that I would like to talk to. Her story is told in 2 Kings 4:8-37, and the lessons of her story should be inscribed in our hearts.
Some lessons (if we are willing to be taught and willing to
see) can be learned from a couple of 4-year-old girls and a
little 3-year-old boy.
Consider three actions that relate to the Easter story which
can aid us in living well.
Do you ever think that you have life figured out—that you
know how things are going to happen? Have you ever watched
your plans fade away, leaving you...