Trees

I never noticed until this week that the Bible ends where it began:  at a tree. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.  On either side of the… Read More ›

Fighting the Good Fight

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7 “When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from… Read More ›

Resolution & Resolve

As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.  And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah (Acts 5:41-42). A resolution has been proposed in the N.C. legislature that would… Read More ›

Gone Fishin’

When my brother and I were kids, our dad would take us out to a friend’s house to go fishing.  The house had once been a hunters’ club lodge and was set right next to a private lake.  We would get up early in the morning, fish for a few hours, swim in the lake… Read More ›

The Time Has Come

“There’s smoke!” These words, in most cases, would be words of caution and warning.  Yesterday, these words were words of celebration for the thousands gathered in Vatican City, awaiting the announcement of who the next pope would be.  Ever since the white smoke appeared and the cardinals announces Pope Francis I, the question that has… Read More ›

Your Identity is the Most Beautiful Thing There Is

The following article comes from “The Story” resource material.  It is entitled “Your Identity is the Most Beautiful Thing There Is”.  The author is unknown. Imagine living your life with a false identity.  That’s what happened to Francisco Madariaga Quintela.[1] Just over 30 years ago his mother Sylvia was kidnapped by Argentine security forces.  Her… Read More ›

Joy to the World

OK, I know.  It is weird to be reading “the Christmas story” in March.  Wise men and shepherds and stars are for December right?  We come to associate these stories with one month of the year, often times ignoring them for the other 11 months.  Perhaps, though, there is a message in these stories that… Read More ›

Play On

I have the pleasure of coaching a high school boys’ basketball team at our local YMCA.  Every Saturday afternoon during the winter months, these young men come out to compete and to have fun.  Sometimes, however, the first gets in the way of the second, especially when one of the guys feels like the referee… Read More ›

The Social Network Gospel

Did you know that Twitter won the “Social Media Super Bowl”? About 50% of the advertisements aired during the Super Bowl included a Twitter hash tag, outpacing other social media options like Facebook or Google+. The world of social networking is a developing gold mine for companies and ad agencies.  Not only can social media… Read More ›

The Hole in the Ground

My family’s favorite place in the world is Northern Michigan.  Just about every year, we gather with my wife’s family at Walloon Lake to rest and play and enjoy the quaint towns and beauty of God’s creation.  And every year, we get to see the big hole in the ground. As you drive into the… Read More ›