Christmas is about Fancy trees and children's toys Not dead baby boys [See More Haiku at HaikuFromHell website.] I know that this is kind of a morbid question, but why do we not include the killing of the baby boys in the Christmas Pageant? Wouldn't it be more exciting and dramatic to include all parts … Continue reading Haiku #3: The Boys of Bethlehem
What is so great about the great commission?
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?
Which passion story of jesus is the true story?
The Passion Story of Jesus on Good Friday is told in different ways by the Gospel writers and did not necessarily agree with each other. Coffee is especially good this morning on Good Friday. Here's what I've been pondering this morning - how Jesus must have felt after Pontius Pilate sentenced him to death. Each … Continue reading Which passion story of jesus is the true story?
I slept in a little this morning but I guess that’s the luxury of being retired. It’s quiet, I have my first cup of dark roast in hand, and God is already talking to me. The word “doubt” comes to mind for some odd reason. Doubt is one of those words that Christians are uncomfortable … Continue reading Doubt
No Master Copy
Coffee! Coffee! The sun has finally risen. After my first cup of dark roast I got to thinking about the master copy of the Bible. Wouldn’t it be great if the original manuscript of the Bible existed? Wait! You didn’t realize that the original, the master copy of the Christian Bible does not exist? It … Continue reading No Master Copy
"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!
Hangin’ Out With Judas
Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve original apostles and was infamously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus. I think that most devoted readers of the Bible know the two different stories regarding the expiration of Judas. Judas either killed himself by hanging (Matthew 27:5) or had some kind of freak accident by … Continue reading Hangin’ Out With Judas
To Flee or Not To Flee
"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 Greater Commission
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
Like a Virgin!
While perusing the Gospels this morning over coffee, I ran across a note in my Bible about the virgin birth of Jesus. The virgin birth stories are found only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The rest of the New Testament writers either didn't know anything about it or thought that it must have … Continue reading Like a Virgin!
“But I Say to You…”
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…”
The Adulterous Woman
Thou shalt not start the morning off without a great cup of coffee! One of God's missing commandments, well, in my mind anyway. The Ten Commandments and Bill Clinton were on my mind this morning. What the... I know what you're thinking. Remember back in 1998 when our President did not have "sexual relations" with … Continue reading The Adulterous Woman
Coffee is especially good this morning. After my first sip of dark roast the phrase "textual variant" popped into my mind - not sure why. Anyway, scholars of the Bible often talk about textual variants but I never paid much attention to it until I noticed a footnote in my Bible. The footnote said something … Continue reading Biblical Texting
Jesus’ Age & Ministry
Having coffee this morning got me thinking about Jesus and his ministry here on earth. I can remember in Bible study class how we were taught that Jesus died when he was around 30 years old and that his ministry lasted about three years. I always trusted my pastor to be right but I wanted … Continue reading Jesus’ Age & Ministry