Do Our Future Times Already Exist?

Right now, people in the Philippines are reeling in the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Typhoon Yolanda) Before the typhoon, throughout the Philippines, up to 400,000 women and 100,000 children were caught in the bondage of human trafficking. According to HumanTrafficking.org most who are being trafficked are transported from…

A Revenged Injury is Not an Endured Injury

In his sermon on verse 4 of 1 Corinthians 13, which I recommend if you want to delve deeper into what it means to love God and neighbor, Jonathan Edwards discusses the Apostle Paul’s words, “Charity suffereth long and is kind.” Or, in more modern language, “Love is patient and kind.” Edwards explains that…

The Naive Believes Everything

If you set them up just right, the last domino will fall. Of course this is all joy for Michael, my grandson, who is not yet two and who, with no intent to understand the laws of physics at play here, intently watches the process just once. I almost set…

Cover page for "A Story About Forgiving"

If God Doesn’t Forgive Some People, Why Should We?

Below is an excerpt from a lesson in the Creating Art from Theology small group study. John 3 tells us that God loves the world in such a way that he gave his Son (v.16) so that whoever believes in him (v. 16) and therefore obeys (v. 36) will have…

from the Story of Snow White

The Middle of the Middle of Our Story

Lately I’ve been watching the TV Series, “Once Upon A Time.” If you’ve ever seen any of the episodes you will know that, just as its name suggests, the series is about fairy-tale characters whose stories have a bit of a spin. If you haven’t seen any of the episodes,…

A Graphic of the definition and characteristics of Humility

Graphic Humility

Below is my visual take on Jonathan Edward’s sermon from verses 1-10 of 1 Corinthians 13, A Christian Spirit is a Humble Spirit, previously entitled, The Spirit of Charity, An Humble Spirit. The sermon is one in a series entitled, Charity and Its Fruits. There is much more depth to the sermon…

Is the Bible All We Need?; is it Sufficient?

A while back, I wrote a blog entitled, Should We Throw the Bible Out? In that blog I tried to look at what role the Bible played in the liberty we have enjoyed here in the United States. I wondered that, since the Bible, especially the Ten Words (The Ten Commandments) are…

“Creating Art from Theology” & an Excerpt

A few years ago I felt the need to develop a small-group study for artists that would be appropriate for any art discipline and for any skill level. Creating Art from Theology was the result of that endeavor. As an aside you may want to know specifically how the words,…

Lucy Ricardo and Manipulation

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is “I Love Lucy.” Lucy Ricardo, the main character, is a loving mom and wife whose driving desire is to become a celebrity. She is almost always at odds with Ricky, her Cuban husband and night-club owner, who loves her, but is totally…

Mike’s Latest Battle for Justice in Business

Sadly, most people could testify to similar or worse experiences of injustice. I could testify to more of them, several that have occurred just this year ranging from “less significant” things like rotten strawberries hidden in a carton of seemingly fresh ones to “more serious” injustices like the breach of a legal…