One of my fondest memories goes back to when I was a boy sitting on the front porch listening to the adults converse. There were some great stories that were part of that conversation--and some that weren't so great. There was a good deal of speculation and fair amount of...uh hmm...horse hockey. But there was also a lot of wisdom and a ton of just good salt of the earth common sense. In posting my thoughts on a blog, I'd like to offer the digital version of those front porch conversations--hopefully providing more of the wisdom and common sense sprinkled with some good stories and less of the other stuff. I hope you'll read and enjoy and leave me a comment or two.
The refugees are coming! What shall we do? Various state governors are reacting to the risks of having supposedly hastily-vetted Syrian refugees resettled in their states. After what has happened in Paris, their concerns are understandable. We are not unaware that ruthless terrorists will use this opportunity to bolster their diabolical scheme to destroy. But there is another dynamic here that should be recognized by Christians. While we pray for government officials who try to distinguish the refugee from the terrorist, we must see that the mission field is coming to us. We have been trying to reach out to Syrian people with the message of hope found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our missionaries have been persecuted and martyred trying to reach them in their own land. Now, they are coming to us. Could it be that these refugees being dispersed to countries where they can hear the gospel and find real hope for life now and forever are honoring the blood of those martyrs?... Keep Reading
In the first meeting Jesus had with his disciples after his death and resurrection his focus was on interpreting Scripture (Luke 24). He began in Genesis and worked through the Hebrew Scriptures showing how all the texts spoke of him. He was not just mentioned in them; he was the subject of them. He did not just fulfill some of the prophecies; he is the fulfillment of all the prophecies. He is not just the star among lesser stars in the drama; he is the entire show. Jesus does not share equal billing with Abraham, Moses, and David; he is their Lord. When his disciples (who had been taught the Hebrew Scriptures) heard this amazing Bible study, their hearts burned within them. It changed the way they viewed Scripture altogether. It was radical. This encounter with Jesus ignited them to spend their lives preaching this interpretation of Scripture. It cost them their earthly lives, and they considered it a bargain.... Keep Reading