Category Archives: Christianity

Why a mustard seed?

Although theologians and even botanists disagree about exactly what variety of plant Jesus was alluding to in this parable (Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-21), one theory I read recently struck me. In the Holy Land at that time the … Continue reading

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The Burden of Blessing

I love those cute Russian matryoshka nesting dolls, don’t you? It’s such fun to keep opening each one to find the next little treasure. Sometimes I think blessings are like those little dolls. Each precious blessing contains an equally precious … Continue reading

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Why study the Bible?

I’m starting a new Bible study this fall and recently attended the orientation meeting. The facilitator asked each of the members our reason for joining the study, which is one requiring a real commitment of time during the week as … Continue reading

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The stones cry out

Last year many in the U.S. observed a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, when the moon came between the Earth and the sun, plunging a wide swath of the county briefly into the darkness of the moon’s shadow. ┬áThis happens because … Continue reading

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First love

Musing on the familiar passage (below) in the New Testament book of Revelation brought to mind my own “first love” in my early teens. I thought of summer nights with my sweetheart when breezes scented with the heady aromas of … Continue reading

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Keeping focused

Before the electronic age made it possible to send messages around the world in a matter of seconds, people could go about their business completely unaware of momentous or catastrophic events happening in another part of the world until long … Continue reading

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It’s time to wake up, Church

[Originally posted in May of last year, but worth repeating.] We read in the Book of Acts how the Apostle Paul, knowing he was leaving Troas the next day, and wanting to teach these new followers all he could before … Continue reading

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It’s scandalous!

Even before the printing press, it was human nature to prick up our ears to hear the latest misdeeds of others, especially those who seemed to be better off in some way than ourselves. The masses ate up the latest … Continue reading

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Fear Not

After the past week’s events and resultant panic, it seems a good time to revisit this post from November 2015. The Cubs had won the World Series and Donald Trump had been elected president. Were these signs of the End … Continue reading

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The empty promise

…many of the authorities believed in Him, but for the fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it … for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:42-43 ESV) … Continue reading

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