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...
Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Does life seem repetitive? Does each day seem the same? Do you get up in the morning, go the same places, do the same tasks, eat the same meals, see the same people? Even if there’s options, are they the same options each time? One season follows another. Fall,...
What Then Should We Do (Specifically)?

What Then Should We Do (Specifically)?

When you get under someone’s skin, they let it out with a yelp, like a pinched puppy. Now struggling with a crisis of conscience because of something you said, they have to do something. Their first impulse is to throw it back at you. They say, “What do you want from...
Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church

Trading My Sorrows at Friday Church

I don’t remember when we first sang it. I don’t know when we decided to make it our weekly theme song. (It’s been years.) I’m told we don’t play it like the recordings, or like other churches sing it. I haven’t bothered to check. I can never remember who wrote it, and...
The Elder Brother

The Elder Brother

The Parable of the Loving Father (Luke 15) is better known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. You know this one: the boy who gets his piece of the family fortune, blows it all, and slinks home, only to fall half-dead into the arms of his father, who wants nothing...
Time to Choose

Time to Choose

Paul, a traveling evangelist, makes his way to Athens, Greece, a center and seat of culture, knowledge, philosophy and law. He looks around the city, and sees lots of statues and markers and religious expressions. One of these is a marker dedicated to an unknown god:...

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