Last week two Princeton University researchers released a report to the Brookings Institute, tracking the startling mortality rates of middle-class, white Americans. Among both men and women, deaths by suicide, alcohol or drug use have risen alarmingly.
These “deaths of despair,” the researchers named it, claim thousands of lives each year. And the number is … Continue Reading
A few months ago, some boxwoods we had planted died. We realized they were dead just before an event at our home where a bunch of folks were coming and would walk by the area where the deceased plants were sitting.
Pam, ever the consummate gardener, looked at the plants and agreed with my astute … Continue Reading
Gethsemane sits just outside and in view of the walled city of Jerusalem, equal distance between the present Islamic Quarter and the Old City. Though far from in the woods, the gnarled trees of the private garden which served also as an olive press seems isolated and alone… set apart from the business of the … Continue Reading
Before the cross comes surrender. Jesus did not go to the cross a helpless, hapless victim of a Roman, military regime or even of a conniving, religious system. He was not crucified as the result of a failed coup or of a failed, Messianic experiment.
He surrendered. He yielded His will. He died in the … Continue Reading
Most of us know that there is more than one word for “love” used in New Testament Greek. These “Four Loves,” as C.S. Lewis famously named them, each carry a specific dimension of love in their definition. Friendship, passion, brotherly love and God’s love all have unique words used to describe them.
Author Michael Harper … Continue Reading
Dorothy Crace was, by most everyone’s definition, a saint. Now I don’t believe you have to die to be made a saint. The Bible says we are “saints” when we become Christians. Unfortunately, we don’t all act like one.
But Dorothy did. From the earliest memories I have of her, she was a model of … Continue Reading
One of the most complete pictures that the Bible gives us of God’s love is the picture of the cross. “In this is love, not that we loved God but He loved us and sent His Son….”
Love is not a natural response. We must be taught to love. We must be reminded to love. … Continue Reading
“Truly, truly I say unto you, unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24). There’s a lot of truth in that little “kernel” that Jesus shared with the disciples and us. On the most important level He was talking … Continue Reading
“In the cross of Christ I glory, towering over the wrecks of time.” So wrote a believer who had been shipwrecked and stranded at sea without hope of rescue, without knowledge of the direction of land. As he waited in the waves and wind, being blown either towards land or deeper out to sea… he … Continue Reading
We now officially live in a day when, with enough money, you can leave the planet! Two individuals with said money have now arranged to be the first two passengers to leave our atmosphere on a “bus” that will transport them to the moon. What they will do when they get there is anybody’s guess, … Continue Reading