Kathie’s Roman Digs (Week 27-Romans 13)

There’s a fight in America about who’s going to be “king of the hill:” democrats, republicans, progressives, socialists… Many are stridently declaring they’re right and everyone else is stupid or misled. Others have decided that all authority has to go–they’re going to be the law unto themselves. Others have taken advantage of chaos to kill,… Read More

Salma endured

An extended drought brought about a famine in the land, and food became a precious commodity. Salma, a prince of his people, took the hunger of his people personally. When his son Boaz expressed  concern that their wealth and health would vanish before the famine was over, Salma said, “As famine strips us of flesh,… Read More

Old and New Testament Thinking

Remember the Sunday School song: “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see…” What’s the significance of the sycamore tree? A sycamore tree produces figs, but they are such poor quality that they aren’t eaten by people… Read More

False shame vs. guilt

False shame is a fear of being found out, exposed, humiliated, and abandoned. Guilt is our friend, a gift from God that drives us to God, keeping us on the right path (John 16:7–14). False shame says, “I am a mistake.”  Guilt says, “I made a mistake.” False shame says, “I am wrong.”  Guilt says,… Read More

Do you get along with your coach?

It’s happening again—the game of musical chairs among football coaches. I live on the periphery of this world (translated: don’t really give a rip but hear the constant discussion due to others’ interest). Have you been listening? Do you hear a strong similarity between this dialogue and the political discussions leading up to the November… Read More