Temptation and Choices

Temptation and Choices

Good choices are hard, especially in weak moments. Does it help us with our choices to know that Jesus had weak moments and tough choices, too? Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days and...
The Zacchaeus Choice

The Zacchaeus Choice

Repentance is turning around. A 180-degree turn to God’s Grace. But is all repentance identical? Does it matter whether you’re poor or rich? Compare these two stories. The Prodigal Son of Jesus’ Parable of the Loving Father (Luke 15) makes a relatively clear, obvious...
The Man Who Cut Dr. King’s Grass

The Man Who Cut Dr. King’s Grass

A couple of years ago, the movie “Selma” introduced America to a few heroes of the civil rights movement whose names aren’t well-known. And we also saw the hundreds of people walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama whose names we...
Shreveport

Shreveport

Would They Love Him Down in Shreveport Today? If they saw him riding in, long hair flying in the wind Would they love him down in Shreveport today? If they heard he was a Jew, and a Palestinian too Would they love him down in Nashville today? If they saw him talk with...
Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire

I’m a Baptist. A real Baptist. Steeped in the American tradition of a free church in a free state. Political factions aren’t to be named and aligned by religion. So it hits me hard, up close and personal, when world news shows Christianity directly, intentionally,...
First Things First

First Things First

When you’re networking, you carry an elevator speech in your virtual pocket. Just enough words to introduce yourself in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Just enough words to say who you are, what you do, and why your new acquaintance should care. So when Jesus...

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