Hungry for Milk

Peter’s first general epistle is written to Christians who are going through trying times, largely at the hands of others who are hostile to their Christian perspective and manner of life. When someone gives us a hard time, it’s easy to become consumed with desires for revenge or for their physical harm. And then it’s…

An Intelligent Designer

Several years ago, a federal judge drew some interesting conclusions in his 139-page decision concerning the teaching of Intelligent Design in Pennsylvania’s public schools. Of course, his bottom-line conclusion was that such teaching violated the constitutional separation of church and state—a dogma read into the Constitution only in relatively recent years—and therefore could not be…

How Low Can Society Go?

There was a news item awhile ago about a man who had put his dead mother’s body in a freezer and kept it there for several years while he collected her social security money. Pretty bizarre and sordid. But could there be a more graphic, sordid story than that found in Judges 19-20? One of…

Good Luck Charms??

Are God, the church building, the Bible, a piece of cross-shaped jewelry Christian “good-luck charms”? Preposterous, you say? Think about it, especially in light of the attitude displayed by Micah (not the prophet!) in Judges 17. These are crazy days in Israel’s history—everyone doing what’s right in his own eyes. The spirit of idolatry has…

Powerful Passion

Ah, but where is it taking us? Passion is so powerful it can undermine, tarnish, even destroy great promise. It can take us places we never imagined…and would never choose to go. Such is one of the lessons from the life of Samson. Imagine the sense of hope in the heart of his parents. The…

The Dreaded Rumor Mill

You ever been the victim of a rumor—a particularly juicy bit of gossip that gets passed around the office, your church, or within your extended family? Only trouble is, it’s not true. Undoubtedly it caused you a great deal of anguish, and probably someone else some embarrassment when the truth was discovered…that is, if the…