Ghost towns and future trust

Ghost towns and future trust

In Isaiah 55, Isaiah offers a vision of hope to the returnees of Israel. They see the devastation, and have a hard time believing that Jerusalem has any good left in it.
While proclaiming hope for the people and their homeland, Isaiah offers a vision for all who thirst, who hunger, and who seek the better path.

Recreating Jesus

Recreating Jesus

Every culture has recreated Jesus. The most important missing quality of his personality is laughter. Where is the joy?

God laughs. Celebrate that God laughs and that you were meant to laugh too.

Recovering the civil discourse our nation needs

Recovering the civil discourse our nation needs

Many people assume that politics and religion, like church and state, are supposed to be separate and unconnected. I argue the opposite. Loving faith communities provide a unique context for people to discuss the issues that divide us in mutually respectful ways.

The whys of church and faith

The whys of church and faith

We have too often relied on rote mimicry where faith is concerned in hopes that our children would simply follow in our footsteps. However, the children who are coming of age now want to know why.

My crowd is bigger than your crowd

My crowd is bigger than your crowd

Bigger does not mean better. More followers do not mean the way is good or right. Sometimes the worst or most extreme causes attract large numbers. Bigger numbers do not mean something is more true, right, or correct. That is the way of the world, which places a high value on large followings like multitudes. The way of God is the good, the right, and the true. That way may be embraced by only a few.

Of trees and thornbushes

Of trees and thornbushes

There’s a fascinating, oft – overlooked parable in Judges 9. It might be one of the most profound teachings about political power and who we trust to rule found in the scriptures. As we see political chaos in England over “Brexit” and in the U.S. amid impeachment deliberations for presidential abuse of power in relations with Ukraine, it raises questions about who we choose to lead our governments and why.