Last year I was blessed to visit the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, just across the Kidron Valley from the temple mount in Jerusalem. As you will see, I took off my shoe and sock so the flesh of my foot could touch the ground where Jesus walked and prayed. Below you … Continue reading A Combined Reading of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in all 4 Gospels
03-23-2020 Here we are, one week into a completely new world. Phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve,” which had no meaning to us just days ago, are the new normal, at least for now. For a time last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a change in tone among our national leaders, … Continue reading A Christian Commitment to Consecration during this Time of Crisis
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 what they leave. Do … Continue reading 200+ Scriptures from the Bible about Loving, Serving and Seeking Justice for the Poor
One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?
"Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." These words from the Gospel of Luke are being played out before our eyes daily. Though there are many situations all over the world that we could rightly call crises, there is one in our own culture that seeps down to the deepest level of our … Continue reading A Sickness of the Soul
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
[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.