The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand

Introduction Back in the 1500s, people didn’t have a Bible they could read. The Catholic Church controlled the translating of Scripture and only offered it in Latin. But when Martin Luther rebelled against the abuses of the Church of his day he worked hard to make a translation available in German (the language of his people).Continue reading “The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand”

Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but heContinue reading “Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation”

Forgiveness: Where Do I Draw the Line?

Introduction Forgiveness is the one weapon Satan cannot defeat in the Church. And this week our lectionary text answers the question: “How often should I forgive somebody who offends me?” Or “When is enough enough?” I want to deal with this issue of how often we should forgive those who offend us. I want toContinue reading “Forgiveness: Where Do I Draw the Line?”

And I sought, but could not find….

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30) Whatever strategies we use to uplift the downtrodden, promote the oppressed, or defend the poor, prayer must be ourContinue reading “And I sought, but could not find….”

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their fai

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonusContinue reading ““Don’t pick on people, jump on their fai”

Don’t Unfriend Me Just Yet…..

Periodically, I go through my Facebook friends and begin a process of deleting those I rarely talk with or those who asked to befriend me just because I may have posted a church picture or two of them and they want to download it for their records. But then there are those, who somehow justContinue reading “Don’t Unfriend Me Just Yet…..”

The Call of God

You can’t hide behind a title nor be dissauded by a title when you hear God’s call.   You must embrace your true calling or die. Such death is a death of the soul. As Paul discovered and lamented, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel. ” You too will likewise be miserable andContinue reading “The Call of God”