On Placing a Value on the Life or Quality of Life of a Child

Some thoughts on a week when once again the political tends to overshadow personhood, and divisiveness tends to be propagated over decency. If we as Christians cannot be unified in placing the life or quality of life of a child—whether unborn or born—above such tendencies, where do we go from here? It’s hard to understand … Continue reading On Placing a Value on the Life or Quality of Life of a Child

The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.

[NOTE: This article was first published by Bible Study Tools on 5/23/19. I have to say this was one of the most joy-filled and rewarding things I have ever written. The more I kept searching through the Scriptures, the more these examples of women in essential leadership roles and significant theological concepts kept coming out. The … Continue reading The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.

Sri Lanka, Persecution, and Religious Freedom

The link to the full text of my latest article from The Christian Post is below. Since having written this piece, we have learned that some are claiming the bombings in Sri Lanka are a retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand. Whether or not that is true, the simple suggestion of the idea … Continue reading Sri Lanka, Persecution, and Religious Freedom

100+ Bible passages about Loving and Serving the Poor

OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." Exodus 22:22 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." Exodus 23:6 "During the seventh year, let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat … Continue reading 100+ Bible passages about Loving and Serving the Poor

From “How pastors and churchgoers can approach immigration together”

Here are a few of the main points from my most recent article in The Christian Post about pastors and their congregations coming together on issues related to immigration. I believe there are several clear areas where pastors and their parishioners can find common ground, if we are committed to questioning and learning . . . together … Continue reading From “How pastors and churchgoers can approach immigration together”

A Word about Conflict in Church

How might you handle a minor disagreement with someone if you knew it would be remembered and talked about two thousand years later? As Paul closed out the letter to the Church at Philippi, a church that we could argue was as healthy and effective as any we find in the New Testament, he mentioned … Continue reading A Word about Conflict in Church

Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”

I must confess I have struggled with some significant prejudices during my life. I am so thankful for God's grace that has broken through and continues to break through the hard shell of my presuppositions about others. Yet I know that even now I hold some opinions about others, both individuals and groups, that are … Continue reading Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”