Your Calledness. Yes, That Is a Word.

Years after hearing God’s call as a boy, Samuel became a prophet and ajudge, and the one God appointed to anoint Israel’s first king—Saul. Eventhough the writers of this part of Israel’s history described Israel’s desire fora king as a rejection of God (1 Samuel 8:7), God still worked with thepeople to appoint and callContinue reading “Your Calledness. Yes, That Is a Word.”

Will He Accept What He Never Commanded?

When Jesus prayed to the Father he said, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Charles Spurgeon once reflected on these words as they pertained specifically to the Christian’s responsibility toward missions and evangelism. His thoughts are worth pondering today. “Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”Continue reading “Will He Accept What He Never Commanded?”

You Won’t Know Him But You Need To

John Ryland (1753–1825) published his first book at age 12 — an accomplishment not nearly as impressive as the fact that he had learned to read Hebrew by age 4, had translated the entire Greek New Testament at 8, and was proficient in Latin and French by 11. By any account, his life was astonishinglyContinue reading “You Won’t Know Him But You Need To”

The Pandemic Is Starving Africa’ Poor

“One lady, when we delivered food to her family, they just saw the hands of God – she confessed that they were starving, did not have anything at all to eat, and did not know at all what could have happened to them,” he wrote to Christian Aid Mission. “We have been able to spreadContinue reading “The Pandemic Is Starving Africa’ Poor”

Why You Can’t Save the World

Following His story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus offered up a simple command: “Go, and do likewise”—that is, be a neighbor by showing mercy to those you find in need. I want to do likewise. I bet you do, too. But that often seems like a tall order in an age of real-time global knowledge aboutContinue reading “Why You Can’t Save the World”

The Fallacy of a Following

To be or not to be, that is the question — and what does “being” even mean these days without others following our lives and us following theirs through online platforms? I’d be curious as to whether Shakespeare would tweak his famous quote to reflect our modern-day, interactive struggle with social media. In the DigitalContinue reading “The Fallacy of a Following”

When Neighbors Are Not Neighborly

Much like family, we don’t choose our neighbors. Depending on the situation, this can be delightful or dreadful. But even when it’s dreadful, Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. Yes, but . . . [enter reason you shouldn’t love your neighbor here]. I fear that, like the ancient school of Hillel, we whip upContinue reading “When Neighbors Are Not Neighborly”

The Origins of Halloween and How We Should Respond

What is the origin of Halloween? According to this article, many believe it began with the ‘Summer’s End’ festival, or Samhain celebrated 2,000 years ago as the beginning of the Celtic year. During this festival time, Celtic farmers brought livestock in for the winter and harvested their crops. They sacrificed fruits of the harvest and the bestContinue reading “The Origins of Halloween and How We Should Respond”