In today’s entry in Streams in the Desert, I was reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into an enormous fiery furnace when they refused to abandon their allegiance to the living God. Here was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if God’s people were going to suffer a terrible… Continue reading An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory
Comfort, comfort, my people, says your God (Isaiah 40:1). God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters. –John Henry Jowett Store up comfort. This was the prophet’s mission. The world is full of comfortless hearts, and to make you sufficient for this lofty ministry, you must be trained. And… Continue reading Store Up Comfort
I have been chastising myself since last night. I had been in conversation on Facebook with a Jehovah’s Witness who had set up the straw man of John Shelby Spong as an “authority” on the subject of hell. He was using a video-taped interview with the heretical, now retired, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of… Continue reading Chastising Myself
A PILGRIMAGE TO BETHLEHEM ON CHRISTMAS EVE John 6:35, 40 and Mark 10:46-52 Today as we look at the sixth chapter of the gospel of John and at the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark, we’ll be examining the meaning of Christ’s coming into the world in terms of new life, abundant life, and… Continue reading Getting Past the Barricades to Christmas
I came to faith in Jesus Christ on Pentecost Sunday in 1982 at a Billy Graham Crusade held at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. The Reverend Graham’s signature is on my Master of Divinity diploma from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; he was one of that institution’s founders and was chairman of the seminary’s board during my years… Continue reading Reflecting on the Ministry of Billy Graham as He Enters His 100th Year
Today’s entry in the Our Daily Bread devotional begins with this: “I have always enjoyed the wit and insight of Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz. One of my favorite cartoons drawn by him appeared in a book about young people in the church. It shows a young man holding a Bible as he tells a friend… Continue reading Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa Preparing to Reopen
The following was originally published on September 7, 2012 on my website, The Rockery (www.the-rockery.com). On August 29, 2005 at 6:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States as a Category 3 hurricane bringing with it devastating floods, battering winds . . . catastrophic destruction. More than… Continue reading How Could a Loving and All-Powerful God Allow the Catastrophic to Occur?