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…

Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)

One of my favorite books in recent years is The Hole in Our Gospel by the president of World Vision, Rich Stearns.  The hole in the gospel is the failure to care for the poor and needy. I think we have another hole in our gospel.  I see this in conversations and in comments and…

Summer in Thessalonica – Hope in Death

At seven feet and seven inches tall, weight 225 pounds, Manute Bol was the skinniest players in the NBA. He was never a great player, averaging only about three points per game, but he did manage to make a fortune playing basketball. Manute Bol went broke by giving most of his six million dollars to…