Things that Make Jesus Happy

I grew up believing the untenable notion that Jesus never smiled or laughed. I'm not sure why I believed such a thing. I suppose it's perhaps because there's no explicit statement in the Bible that says, "And on that occasion, Jesus laughed." But surely Jesus laughed, right? Surely this one who gives his Spirit to… Continue reading Things that Make Jesus Happy

Some Things Christians Can do Better

I've been thinking about my relationship with the church recently–especially as I get ready to move back to an area where I will be able to actually participate more fully in the local church. My relationship with the church has been sour for the past several years given the nature of the way my previous… Continue reading Some Things Christians Can do Better

Asleep in Anxiety

Asleep in Anxiety Genesis 7, Psalm 3-4 There are wounded people all around the world. There are people whose lives are under constant threat from enemies. There are people whose lives are under constant strain of economic instability. There are people whose lives are marked by constant floods and the daily concern of what to… Continue reading Asleep in Anxiety

90 Days with Jesus, Day 2: Colossians 1:2: In Christ, in Colossae

Day 2 Colossians 1:2 In Christ, in Colossae “To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” (1:2) I am reminded of the words of Jesus as recorded in John’s Gospel. In the 17th chapter Jesus prayed: And I am no more in the world;… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 2: Colossians 1:2: In Christ, in Colossae

More Irony: Catholics and Muslims Band Together for a Common Cause

Friends, This story was reported on January 5, 2008 by the Christian Post: Vatican Announces ‘Historic’ Catholic-Muslim Meeting for Spring. I will quote the relevant part of the article: In the Muslim letter, the 138 scholars focused on the commonality between Islam and Christianity – love for God and love for one’s neighbor. They also highlighted… Continue reading More Irony: Catholics and Muslims Band Together for a Common Cause