Finding grace and peace – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 3

What are so many people in the world looking for, deep down inside? They are looking for things to be right. They want their lives to feel right. They want to feel wholeness. But where do we find it? I would suggest Paul gives us a clue in the greeting he writes in his letterContinue reading “Finding grace and peace – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 3”

Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2

What do you think about calling a person “holy”? To many of us, calling people “holy” sounds wrong. Only God is truly holy, not people, right?  If we happen to use the word “holy” about a person, we might be describing them as, “holier than thou,” and we’re not complimenting them.  Paul, however, uses “holy”Continue reading “Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2″

Creativity can set you free – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 1

I heard from some in my congregation, after the events of this past Wednesday January 6, 2021, the breaching of the US Capitol building by Trump-supporting extremists, that they were really struggling.  What is going on in our country?  How do we Christians respond?  We can feel trapped in our uncertainty about how to respond.Continue reading “Creativity can set you free – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 1”

A caution for Christians, in light of the breaching of the US Capitol Building, January 6, 2021

In light of the unsettling events in our nation’s capital this past week, it is important that we take a few minutes to reflect on the news theologically and biblically.  We saw images and actions, especially at the US Capitol building, which were difficult and disturbing, not just as Americans, but also as Christians.  I’dContinue reading “A caution for Christians, in light of the breaching of the US Capitol Building, January 6, 2021”

One Sentence That Changed My Life – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 5

During spring break of my freshman year in college, I traveled to Guyana, South America, and my eyes were opened. I met Guyanese Christians for whom it could be said their whole lives were rotten from birth, at least compared to American standards, and yet they were praising God with joyful hearts like nothing IContinue reading “One Sentence That Changed My Life – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 5”

Revival happens when the bottom rots out – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 4

I grew up in a Christian home, and I am so grateful for the way my parents raised me and my siblings.  Throughout high school and in my first year of college, though, I really had allowed myself to become selfish.  I was terribly unkind to my brother for years, I was selfish in datingContinue reading “Revival happens when the bottom rots out – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 4”

Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1

I’ve had to read some dense philosophy and theology books over the years for courses I was taking. For a doctoral course this past spring, I read one so intricate, there were numerous times I wondered if it was a farce, a parody of a book. In fact, the author frequently made statements that, inContinue reading “Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1”

Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5”

How the aging process can help us evaluate the past year – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 3

Years ago, one of the home-bound members of my church family, who has since passed away, described for the me the process of her ever-decreasing eyesight.  She said that it was only during the bright sunlight of the day that she could see around her room.  As the months and years went by, the darknessContinue reading “How the aging process can help us evaluate the past year – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 3”

How do we evaluate the dumpster fire that was 2020? – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 2

How do we evaluate 2020? As I mentioned in the previous post, it could be very easy to just say it was so bad that there is nothing to learn. Instead, we should have the posture of learners, no matter the situation, and the next passage in Ecclesiastes is a wonderful guide to help usContinue reading “How do we evaluate the dumpster fire that was 2020? – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 2”