Is God Responsible For Human Sin? (Weekly Word)

This summer I am going to dedicate each Friday to questions that students have asked me about God, faith and such.  Some of these questions come were forwarded to me from Christian students or their skeptical friends.  Others are questions that I have been asked in some way, shape or form many times.  I do…

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…

Joining the Advent Conspiracy and Refocusing on What Matters

I've been posting scriptures with brief reflection related to the advent season, the time we look ahead to the coming of Christ.  You can read about why I am doing this here.  Today's scripture is one of my favorites, from Isaiah 55: 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters and you who have…

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 11, Mary’s Hymn of Praise)

Day 11 – Mary Praises God - Luke 1:46-56 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great…

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 3)

December 3 – Love God, Love Neighbor – Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God,…