New Beginnings

I have always been impressed when the Holy Spirit gives us brief glimpses of insight into Paul’s compassion toward the people he had been involved with. Admittedly, he had harsh words, especially for the people of Galatia, for the church at Corinth. They were in grave danger. But he loved them. He treated them like […]

Fiery Little Man

He wasn’t much to look at, some sources say. By his own admission, he wasn’t much to listen to, lacking eloquence. He wrote profusely, preached powerfully, and vigorously played the part of a fiery little man. This highly educated Hebrew scholar named Saul, Saint Paul, the Apostle Paul, ultimately wrote approximately 28% of the New […]

No Baloney Please

Remember playing “One of these is not like the other”? You’re shown a picture of beagles. In the middle of the pack stands a beagle-looking fox. Can you find it? In the middle of teddy bears on a couch sits a fluffy, baby chow. Which one? Here stand several meerkats in a row. What’s that, […]

Light and Sword

As Mary and Joseph and their tiny new baby enter Jerusalem’s temple, an old man and an old woman greet them. After blessing them and their baby, the old man identifies Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles,” then looks at Mary. “Your son will be spoken against, Mary, and a sword will […]

Peace on Earth?

Intense sadness and profound peace still stir my soul upon hearing one of the most beloved Christmas carols, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men. These words poured from the pen […]


Several times in the Scriptures the phrase sacrifice of thanksgiving jumps up from nowhere and bites us in the attitude. Why is thanksgiving a sacrifice? Thanksgiving arrives again, just on schedule, every year on the fourth Thursday of November. But what if it’s not on my schedule? What if I can’t muster thanksgiving? What if […]

Motivation for Conversations

Fear, pleasure, duty, reward – these are just a few of the motivators of people. What motivates you? The Apostle Paul was motivated to share the gospel because of his fear, his reverential awe of the Lord. The love of Christ also moved Paul to faithfulness in the gospel. In fact, Christ’s love impelled him […]

Who Grows the Garden?

Having just put my garden to bed (pun intended) for the winter, Paul’s instruction to the church at Corinth nearly jumps off the page. “You are God’s field, God’s building.” By means of agriculture and architecture, Paul portrays our status before God and our calling from God. We plant or water or cultivate, but God […]


My father died seven years ago, my mother, two years later. Like you, I’ve “lost” other friends and family. Grieving and alone, we comfort ourselves with, “They’re still with us in spirit.” How do you abide with or stay close to someone who’s gone? Death is final. We’re left alone. One death was different. Washing […]

Tents, Friends, and Ministry

Upon entering Corinth, Paul sensed God’s Spirit urging him to latch on to Aquila and his wife Priscilla. For a year and a half, as they sewed tents and leather together, Paul mentored them even as they encouraged Paul. A harsh, threatening city, Corinth pummeled believers. To “korinthianize” meant to live an immoral life. The […]