“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…

Why Christians Speak Out or Why They Should

“Love.” That is my one word answer to the question, “Why should Christians speak out about what God says is wrong?” What do I mean by wrong? By wrong, I mean sinful. By sinful I mean filled with law breaking. By law breaking I mean breaking God’s law. Everyone who makes…

Germ Warfare and a Cookie

My middle grandson – a funny, good-natured, but somewhat nasty (in the literal sense) eight-year-old believes in the tenets of germ theory. Garrett probably couldn’t explain the principles of this theory, and he has probably not yet heard of Louis Pasteur, who imagined it, or of Robert Koch, who proved…

Did I Make You Mad?

In his commentary on Matthew 5, verses 21-26, D. A. Carson notes, “We are more likely to remember when we have something against others than when we have done something to offend others. And if we are truly concerned about our anger and hate, we shall be no less concerned…

Baby Shoes and holocaust

“holocaust” with a lower-case “h” means a mass scale destruction or slaughter especially by fire. The word is also historically associated with a Jewish sacrificial burnt offering. With an upper-case “H”, of course it means the mass murder of over six million Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1940’s. Synonyms…

What I Have in Common with 10 African-American Men

Despite my obvious physical differences (I’m white and a women) I heartily identified with many of the experiences described by 10 African-American Men in the book ,“Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity,” edited by Anthony J. Carter. Carter describes the 10 men in this book as…

Relief Portrait of Moses found in The US House of Representatives' Chamber

Should We Throw the Bible Out?

I do not want to write on the subject I’m about to write on, but, at the same time, I cannot keep myself from it. So I am going to take a deep breath, plunge in, and try to stay afloat. Who knows, if I start to drown, maybe someone…

Rubble in Syria by By English: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Flickr) [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Syria, Jesus, Moses, and Me

Verse 24 of Matthew 4 gives this fact about Jesus: . Syria in the New Testament In The Expositor’s Bible Commentary on Matthew, Dr. D. A. Carson notes that the geographical boundaries of “Syria” in New Testament times are “uncertain.” He explains that, from the Roman perspective, Syria extended far…

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