Speaking from the heart

Speaking from the heart

To Nicodemus, Jesus spoke an encoded message, pure Kingdom-speak which, to ears listening with world-speak filters in place, came across as ludicrous, impossible. As a matter of fact, it was that way to the Pharisees, too, and to the disciples, and to Martha and Mary,...
With red, heart-shaped boxes?

With red, heart-shaped boxes?

According to the National Retail Federation, you and I spent $25,800,000,000 (yes, that is supposed to be billions!) on recent Valentine’s Day purchases: greetings cards #1, then candy, #2, then flowers, #3. When I visited the card shop looking for that perfect...
How Then Shall We Worship?

How Then Shall We Worship?

American cartoonist H.T. Webster, for his comic strip, The Timid Soul (circa 1924), created his character, Casper Milquetoast, who was described as the man ‘who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick.’ Today, the term, ‘milquetoast’ refers to any timid soul...
What Love is This?

What Love is This?

2 million/year! Can you believe that? 2 million! That’s 2,000,000! We’re talking about weddings in the US. That’s 4 million people per year who, being in love, choose to spend the rest of their lives together. Many of these lovebirds include Scripture as part of their...
I Wouldn’t Change a Thing

I Wouldn’t Change a Thing

If I were to sit with a group of scientists enthusiastically engaged in (their) shop talk, I would feel completely like one lost in space. Similarly, should I have the occasion to have breakfast with a small group of medical professionals, their jargon and procedural...