Am I a soldier of the cross,A follower of the Lamb?And shall I fear to own His cause,Or blush to speak His name? Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 There must have been people even 300 years ago who considered themselves followers of Jesus but were very circumspect about mentioning His name. Why are we like that? Are … Continue reading Why do I fear to speak the name of Jesus?
Richard Langer and Joanne J. Jung have put their finger on one of the major causes of the ineffectiveness of Christian outreach and Christian organizations: everybody believes they are called to be a leader. They show how this belief is unbiblical and ineffective and urge us to replace it with the desire to be followers … Continue reading The Call to Follow – Book Review
Image by Petra from Pixabay There is nothing more beautiful than a sunny winter morning when every tree branch, every weed and every wire is coated with sparling, dazzling diamonds. No man-made beauty comes close to matching such a display. Last week we had mild days with fog and hardly a breeze. In the night, the fog would … Continue reading The dark side of beauty
In order to survive and prosper, a society needs the vitality and idealism of youth and the wisdom and experience of the elderly. What we are experiencing today is a sprit of nihilism in both young and old: a belief that the old ideas about religion, morals, law and government have failed and need to … Continue reading Hope for a better world
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay My mother grew spinach in the garden, picked and boiled the mature leaves and served them with dinner. They were wonderfully nutritious, she said, but I thought they tasted awful. She also grew iceberg lettuce and served it in salads. Now, iceberg lettuce has approximately the same nutritious value as a paper towel, … Continue reading How come our mothers didn’t know about bay spinach?
One day last week I drove to a nearby town to do some work for a client and the fog was much like the picture above. I knew there must be others on this highway, ahead of me and behind me, but I could not see them. I knew there were farm sites along the … Continue reading Travelling in the fog
I think every conscious person, every person that is awake to the functioning principles within his reality, has a moment where he stops blaming the problems in the world on group think, on humanity and authority, and starts to face himself. I hate this more than anything. This is the hardest principle within Christian spirituality … Continue reading The problem is in here, not out there
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”And he replied:“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” by Minnie … Continue reading Goodbye 2022
Two hundred years ago John Nelson Darby, a minister in the Church of England, became thoroughly disillusioned with that church, all churches in fact. He began to teach a doctrine of the ruin of the church. "The church lies in ruins and cannot be restored, revived or rebuilt." From there he moved to teaching that … Continue reading The virus of division
While browsing the internet this morning I discovered an updated version of Petit Poulet (that's the French name for Chicken Little). In this version, Petit Poulet is having his breakfast of toast and coffee when he reads an online news item saying "Le ciel est en train de tomber!" (Th sky is falling!) He quickly … Continue reading Chicken Little meets Petit Poulet