On death and Eugene Peterson

"That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." —Matthew 20:28, The MessageEugene Peterson, author of The Message paraphrase of the Bible, died on October 22, 2018, aged 85. He was a scholar, a ... Continue reading

The sun will come out tomorrow

“I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” — Larry Bird“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” — Romans 8:28 (NLT)“Don't ... Continue reading

Why?

"I don't know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, married me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny's Daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why? See, I don't ... Continue reading

Grief interrupted

As they led Jesus off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry ... Continue reading

A matter of moments

"The police told me that just before I got out of my car, the sniper, the younger one [Lee Boyd Malvo], had both Mr. Walekar and myself in his viewfinder," [Caroline] Namrow says. "He could see me sitting behind my windshield, and he could see Mr. Walekar standing outside his car."And he must ... Continue reading

Comfort

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. — Matthew 5:4, NLT (Jesus speaking)She awoke around midnight and went into her 5-week-old son's bedroom to nurse him. The moment she touched his head, she knew something was wrong. His skin was cold. He wasn't breathing.She screamed, ... Continue reading

A beginning and an end

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. —Revelation 22:13, NLT (Jesus speaking) Sunday morning I met Thea. Just a day old, tiny and beautiful, she is the first child of our good friends Jeff and Jennifer. Later that afternoon, I joined in the celebration of ... Continue reading

Cheating death

The disciple famously known as "Doubting Thomas" should probably be renamed "Rational Thomas," or maybe "My-momma- didn't-raise- no-fools" Thomas. When the other disciples report that Jesus is alive, Thomas thinks they've lost their marbles.If you read the Gospel account of the post-crucifixion ... Continue reading