Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. Thomas Aquinas Let's pretend that you have a choice in choosing your own Christian denomination (45,000+ in the world). You visit several different churches throughout the year and make an informed decision as to which one just might … Continue reading Which Church Would Jesus Choose?
I’m sitting here in my office at Starbucks this morning sipping on a dark roast. I’ve missed the jocularity of some of the old retired guys that frequent this place, talking about baseball and old times. I’ll look up from my computer on occasion and laugh at one of their jokes. Maybe I should ask … Continue reading What is so great about the great commission?
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. … Continue reading The Civil War and God’s Will
I was baptized in a Methodist Church, belonged to a Lutheran Church for many years where my son was baptized, went back to the Methodist Church for awhile, before attending a Non-denominational Christian Church. And not once did I ever have my feet washed! But, there are many Christian churches who practice this ritual - … Continue reading You Wash My Feet, I’ll Wash Yours!
I’m sitting here at Starbucks waiting for my bother to show up. Great coffee this morning! I got to thinking about the various versions/translations of Bibles out there on the market today. There must be at least a million. What’s your favorite Bible version? Which one do you read the most? I studied the NIV … Continue reading Rainbow Bible
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15 It’s coffee time! I wonder if the apostles ever sat around the fire on a cold morning craving their coffee as I do? Just a thought. Here’s a question for you that's been bugging me for quite … Continue reading Super Apostles!
"The Lord will give you understanding." 2 Timothy 2:7 Had a quick Starbucks in the Nashville airport before leaving on a jet plane to California. I've found that the crampiness of flying is not conducive to writing. Kind of makes me think of how the apostles must have felt when Jesus was crucified on the … Continue reading To Flee or Not To Flee
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” - George CarlinAhhh, I wonder if the apostle Paul had the luxury of a dark roast coffee every morning. I am certainly spoiled. Speaking of Paul, here's something you might find interesting.The book of Acts is written by someone … Continue reading I Cannot Tell A Lie!
How does anyone live without coffee? My Christian friend and I were talking about the sacrament of Baptism so I thought I would talk about it this morning. Baptism has always been a mystery to me. And once again, baptism is one of those things that Christian sects just can't seem to get a handle … Continue reading A River Runs Through It
There's nothing like a great cup of coffee to start out a Sunday morning. For some odd reason I started thinking about the Flood and Noah's Ark so I decided to read the story again. I thought that I knew the story well until I read it again - critically. If you want to follow … Continue reading A Pair of Sevens?
Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! Anyone for Coffee? This morning I flipped open my thick NIV Study Bible and guess where I landed? I landed right in the last part of the Gospel of Matthew where I had highlighted a few verses and in the margin next to it was labeled “The Great Commission.” So, I got … Continue reading The Greater Commission
Meeting my brother at Starbucks this morning, so this may be a short one. I think that we all know the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus in the book of Acts. If not, here's a brief summary: Paul was on his way to Damascus with some traveling companions. His mission was … Continue reading On the Road Again
As a teacher, I always try very hard to simplify things. Over my first cup of coffee this morning I wanted to see if I could simplify Jesus' teachings by jotting them down briefly on a sheet of paper. I thought the Gospel of Matthew was a good place to start since Jesus did a … Continue reading “But I Say to You…”
My coffee is really good this morning. I prefer a dark roast but I'm willing to try just about anything. Hope you're enjoying a cup or two. I read something interesting as well as shocking the other day. The article stated that the divorce rate among Christians turns out to be the same rate as … Continue reading D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read’st black when I read white. William Blake, The Everlasting Gospel (lines 13-14)