Abiding in the Vine

Ah, the good old summertime! Which, sadly, is rapidly drawing to a close. Summertime brings with it a lot of simple pleasures- a more relaxed schedule, vacations, family reunions, pool parties, and barbecues. But one of the simplest pleasures my husband and I enjoy during the summer is stopping at produce stands to stock up on locally grown fruits and veggies. In our area, … [Read more...]

Taking Offense

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 Have you ever noticed how easily people get offended these days? We have to watch what we say, wear, and display. We have to be careful about how (or if) we express our political and religious views. A mere, "you look nice today" can be the beginning of a lawsuit. Even as … [Read more...]

Dis. Grace.: Responding Biblically to Church Scandal

It happened again last week. Another scandal. Another high profile pastor stepping down from the ministry in disgrace. Another family broken. Another church stunned and bereft. And it's not just the money grubbing televangelists anymore, either. This was one of the theological good guys. Sadly, pastors and Christian leaders - both those in the public eye and those right … [Read more...]

Wise Men, Astrology, and Horoscopes

If you're a member of our Satisfaction Through Christ community group on Facebook, you may recall that, until recently, I wrote a weekly column over there called "Tough Questions Tuesday." It was a brief, biblical look at challenging issues and questions about the Bible and Christianity. Since I no longer have time to write a weekly post, I'll be addressing some of those "TQT" … [Read more...]

After this Manner Therefore Pray

Prayer. It seems so simple- just talk to God. But when it's time to actually do it, there can be a million questions. What should I pray about? How long should I pray? Do I have to say "Thee" and "Thou"? Eyes opened or closed? Do I have to be on my knees? Should I speak aloud or pray silently? It's nothing to be ashamed of. The disciples lived with Jesus. Heard Him pray. … [Read more...]