The Humility of Simplicity

“At the end of the day, you either believe or you don’t.” The statement above is spectacularly offensive to proud human ears. Who dares tell us to “just believe, take their word for it”? We are intelligent. We’re educated. We live in the 21st century and have a...

How Do You Define Greatness?

After defeating highly favored Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title, Muhammad Ali declared that he was “The Greatest”. For many years afterward Ali demonstrated greatness in the ring. Some people call him the greatest boxer who ever lived. For most, a great...

Michael Henchard’s Will

Michael Henchard, the main character of Thomas Hardy’s novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, had a considerable number of good qualities. Tragically, his rash outbursts of anger caused him to make disastrous decisions which obscured the positive in him. Near the end of...

Listen

“I told you last week. How could you forget?” “You did? I don’t remember.” “It was Tuesday after dinner. You were sitting right here. I told you. You nodded your head and said, ‘Got it.’ How could you forget?” That’s a common conversation not only for married couples...

Different

“Different” is not a label most of us would like to have. We don’t want to stand out in a crowd, having people gape at us, wondering what in the world would make us act in such a weird way. One of the most courageously spectacular examples of being different took...

Rose Colored Glasses?

 Matthew 5:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.                4Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.                5Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.                6Blessed are...

The Recruitment Pitch?

“If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Jesus clearly did not take Marketing 101! It just doesn’t make sense. The same one who said that he came to rescue all people for eternity now makes an individual appeal to those...

The Jesus Vending Machine

“I prayed for a miracle, but God didn’t give it to me. Why should I believe in him?” Maybe people don’t say it as bluntly as the statement above, but many are very disappointed with God because he does not answer their requests as they think he should. While we don’t...

The Beautiful and Offensive Jesus

Beautiful is a description we often use for Jesus. We picture him holding children in his arms, forgiving broken people, tenderly healing the suffering and welcoming those who are considered outcasts. Offensive, however, is not a word we often use to describe Christ...

God Gets His Hands Dirty

One rainy day during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers attempting to raise a wooden beam to a high position. The corporal in charge was shouting encouragement, but the soldiers couldn’t get the beam in position. After...