First Things First

There are so many interesting things in Scripture, not all of which are “heavy duty” doctrinal matters but just the ordinary events of everyday life that sometimes perplex, sometimes amuse, but always warrant some level of meditation and musing.  I want to share with you what I have been thinking about lately under the headingContinue reading First Things First

Same Sex and Homosexuality, part 2

With about 1 million same-sex couples—some legally “married,” some living as partners—in our nation today, it is important for believers to know how to respond and relate to this trend. It will become more prevalent, and polls suggest that new generations coming on will only become more accepting of it. It is a late-20th andContinue reading Same Sex and Homosexuality, part 2

Same Sex and Homosexuality

In its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Surveys estimate that, by 2019, there were 543,000 same-sex “married couple” households—in addition to 469,000 households with same-sex unmarried partners living together—in the U.S.  That means there were nearly 1 million households composed of same-sex couples. A recent poll by GallupContinue reading “Same Sex and Homosexuality”

Best Practices

The term “best practices” is sometimes used in the world of business to identify activities, methods, and processes that are proven to be the most successful, yielding fewer complications and failures and producing the best outcomes. For the Christian, Jesus set forth a clear set of best practices in Matthew 22:37-39: “Thou shalt love theContinue reading Best Practices

A Decision for and a Protest Against, part 2

I grew up in the 1950s listening to the founder of Radio Bible Class, M.R. DeHahn, on our local AM radio station in Ottumwa, Iowa. DeHahn would teach the Word of God on Sunday morning broadcasts as we ate a bite of breakfast and scurried around, getting ready for church. The late medical doctor/Bible teacherContinue reading A Decision for and a Protest Against, part 2

A Decision for and a Protest Against

Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” once said to  a 19th century congregation, “Learn to say no! It will be more use to you than to be able to speak Latin.” Spurgeon, pastor to thousands, whose sermons were published worldwide, also said, “Neither when we have chosen our way can we keep company with thoseContinue reading A Decision for and a Protest Against

“The Old Rugged Cross”

A missionary was visiting with Mahatma Gandhi, and at the close of their visit Gandhi said, “Before you leave, would you sing one of your hymns?” When asked what hymn he would like to hear, Gandhi replied, “Please sing a hymn that expresses all that is deepest in your faith.” After a few moments, theContinue reading “The Old Rugged Cross”

The Light of God’s Word

“The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” (Ps. 119:130) The young person asks: “How do I know whether what I have always been taught is right…which church can I trust?  Enter the light of God’s Word: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”Continue reading “The Light of God’s Word”

How to Become a Son of God

Two great battles have been recorded as turning points in history: the battle of Waterloo (1805), sealing Napoleon’s doom and destiny; and the battle of Trafalgar (1815), which was masterfully won by the British Navy and established its global naval supremacy for more than a century. The year 1809, about midway between those battles, isContinue reading How to Become a Son of God