Two of Merlyn's daughters, members of our church, asked me to visit their mom as the end of her five-month battle with cancer drew near. Merlyn was 72, and her life had not been easy. She was widowed at 43 and raised her four children by herself. When I came to see her, she was alone, lying in bed by the window in the back room of the house. One of her daughters introduced me and left.
February 27, 2012
For some Christians the most important characteristic of God is God's "unchangeableness," God the same--yesterday, today and forever. For myself, I value those instances in which God changes God's mind, "repents," we might even say, of past behavior.
February 20, 2012
We can scarcely imagine life without tears. We come into the world crying, and when we are hungry or wet or not held enough—no matter how old we are—we cry....
October 20, 2009
The same Spirit that was upon Jesus, bringing good news to the poor and proclaiming release to the captive, is found among Christians today who have a heart for prisoners and their families....
September 26, 2001
Off the mountain: Sunday, February 25 Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43
What did they expect when they set off with Jesus that afternoon? An intimate conversation among the four of them?...
February 7, 2001
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January 31, 2001
Shrubs and scrubs: Sunday, February 11 Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
I do not have a green thumb. I don’t speak to my plants. Instead I make them grab their throats, gasping for water, before I recognize their parched condition. Then I drench and almost drown them....
January 31, 2001