Those of you who studied Romans with me have experienced the directness of Paul. He is not one who carefully talks all around a subject, but one who goes straight to the heart of the matter. That was true in Romans as well as in this letter to the Ephesians. I want to give us… Read More
I’d like to issue an invitation to you to study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with me. Instead of only reading through the verses, we will chart what they tell us, state the main message that God revealed to us as we read this today, and doodle–take an idea into our heads and relay it… Read More
We all know people who insist that “it’s my way, or the highway!” Some believe that it’s more important to be right than to get along or that our way of practicing our faith is much better than anything you could possibly think of. Or we think of ourselves better than others because they don’t… Read More
Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous.… Read More
I must confess that my first reaction to the story in John 8, “A Woman Caught in Adultery,” has often been defensive finger-pointing. Me: “It takes two to commit adultery. What are they going to do to the man?” That’s not the point Jesus makes in this story. It’s not: “But everybody else is doing… Read More
Pour oil and water into a container, and you will see that they don’t mix. The oil droplets are evident in and on the water. That’s how it is with truth and grace, if you’re human. The two don’t mix together. Grace without truth stops growth. God, our Father, blends grace and truth together. He… Read More
Coloring with pencils or gel pens is one of the ways I like to relax. Most of these pictures come from Waterbrook coloring books and are the works of a variety of artists. Their creativity has given me the opportunity to dwell on the meaning of the words while coloring.