Eugene Nida was a famous Bible translator. He tells a story about a missionary and a man from West Africa. The Bible was being translated into the local Bambara language. The translator wanted to know how to translate the word “redeemed” so that the locals would understand what God has done for us in Jesus. … Continue reading God took our heads out
“Jesus saves.” We’ve heard it. We’ve said it. We’ve seen it on a thousand billboards. When we put our trust in who Jesus is and what he has done for us, he saves us from the consequences of our sin. Since “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) this is extremely good news! He … Continue reading Saved FROM calamity FOR abundance
I’ve been sharing some thoughts about John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Max Lucado says: “If you know nothing about the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here.”* … Continue reading The value of a lifebuoy
When Tony Campolo was in college a professor talked about the well-known childhood prayer: “If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” He then pointed out what he perceived to be a flaw. Couldn’t it also say: “If I should wake before I die…”?* The implication is that … Continue reading If I should wake before I die
Jesus healed a man who was born blind. This irked some of the Pharisees. They peppered the man who was healed (and his parents) with questions, trying to discredit the man or the miracle. Quite understandably, he got tired of repeatedly explaining how it happened. “I have told you already,” he said, “and you would … Continue reading Will you knock in vain on a closed door?
Hebrews 1 begins like this: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (verses 1-2). Wow, what … Continue reading Looking for something other than Jesus?
Maybe it’s human nature to focus more on what we don’t have than on what we do. We turn on our TVs or go online and get bombarded about what we should have (but don’t) or what cool things other people are doing (but we aren’t). And then a pandemic comes—and stays!—and we don’t get … Continue reading The poor emperor and rich beggar
Every once in a while dictionaries get updated. Some words get taken out, others get put in, and the meaning of words can change. Someone once said to me that the writers of dictionaries have a disproportionate influence on history. After all, words powerfully impact how we think. Well, the Oxford Junior Dictionary made an … Continue reading The word they erased from the dictionary
She had lived a sinful life. And everyone knew it. But Jesus was coming to town. He was the One. He IS the One. The Messiah. The rescuer. The forgiver. The one who makes new. Luke 7:38 paints the scene: “As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet … Continue reading Defined by a Saviour, not sin [Plus, ANNOUNCEMENT!]
Here are two very important questions: --Am I right with God?--Am I walking rightly with God? Even if you use different wording, these are the kinds of questions that are most likely bouncing around in your head as you paddle down the river of life. As you think about how you might answer them, consider … Continue reading Am I right with God and walking rightly?