Hope Beyond the Grave (Psalm 30, Weekly Word)

Christians sometimes speak of the various prophecies fulfilled by Jesus as the long-awaited Jewish messiah.  Whatever truth there is in that, there is one thing Jesus did that was not prophesied: the resurrection.  There is no hint in the Old Testament that the coming Messiah would die and rise again.  The very thought of the […]

The True Myth and Challenge of Belief

The Christian faith has a lot in common with other religions.  We find story after story of dying and rising gods in ancient literature.  Isn’t the story of Jesus just another mythical story? Well, yes.  And no. CS Lewis writes in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (found in the book God in the Dock): Now […]

Stephen King, CS Lewis and Believing Fantastic Things

Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot is the story of how vampires destroy a small town.  In the midst of this, some characters figure out what is going on and try to rouse the town to fight back.  They run into many obstacles, such as skepticism.  At one point a priest, Father Callahan, is trying to […]

The Story of Hannah and Samuel (Weekly Word)

Last night at CSF we took some time to read and discuss the story of Hannah from the 1 Samuel.  Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah, a Levite (his being a Levite ought to have us on edge after last week’s lesson, but he’s a good guy).  Elkanah appears to be wealthy, able […]

Advent – Attack of the Dragon…umm, not Smaug (Day 19)

I saw The Hobbit last Friday night with some of my students.  Going in I had mixed feelings – my high hopes were tempered by reminders of previous movies that did not meet the hype.  I have to say, I loved nearly every bit of the movie.  Sure there was the totally unnecessary cameo by […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 17)

I forgot to post yesterday (the text we read was John 3:1-21).  It was a busy day, I never got on the computer.  Today’s verse comes from the Psalms and it was one I needed to hear. Day 17 – God has done Great Things for us – Psalm 118:19-29 19 Open for me the gates […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 15)

Day 15 –The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Days 7 and 8)

I offer two hopeful passages today, written centuries before the birth of Christ.  Both look forward to a future day when God will act in some mighty and awesome ways. Day 7 – Peace in the New Creation – Isaiah 11 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 6)

Day 6 – God With Us – Isaiah 9:1-7 9 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 4)

Jeremiah 33:14-16 14 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness […]