The Breath of God

The Breath of God

When I was a kid, I was confused by the term “Holy Ghost,” which was used back then. Since my idea of ghosts was informed by the movies I saw at the Rialto Theater on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue, I just couldn’t get it. But some years later, churches moved to a more...
The Blame Game

The Blame Game

I love the Peanuts cartoon that showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown. She said, “Guess what, Chuck. The first day of school and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck.” He said, “My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say...
The Light Shines in the Darkness…

The Light Shines in the Darkness…

I recently read about a missionary named Jeffery Ginn and his family who were serving in Cali, Colombia. One morning Jeffrey entered his office to find that a map of the world that he had taped to the wall had fallen during the night. A corner of the map had remained...
You Can Make A Difference

You Can Make A Difference

Back during the early years of television, a news reporter noticed a worker high up on top of the Empire State building in New York City, adding a tv transmitter to the top of the building. Thinking it would make for a great human interest story, the reporter decided...
The Jesus Way

The Jesus Way

There is a story about a young soldier who was completely humiliated by his senior officer. This officer knew that he really had crossed a line and over disciplined the young soldier. So, when the younger man, clearly angry, said through clenched teeth, “I’ll make you...
Creating Blessings

Creating Blessings

Remember how the Bible begins in the book of Genesis? It begins with a beautiful poem – almost like a song with a rhythm and refrain: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…. God said, let there be light, and there was light! And God said, let...
Blessings even through Difficulty

Blessings even through Difficulty

Happy Thanksgiving! One year, leading up to Thanksgiving, my friend Tim Simpson, wrote an article in his church newsletter. It had been a particularly tough year for him in part because he lost his eyesight to diabetes. He wrote: “The tradition in my family is to say,...
Uncle Ron (and the unmerited unearned favor of God)

Uncle Ron (and the unmerited unearned favor of God)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) When I was growing up, my best friend had an uncle named Ron. We loved Uncle Ron. He was funny and crass and full of life. But one thing we learned...
Through the Eyes of Jesus

Through the Eyes of Jesus

Jesus once said, “Do not judge, unless you want to be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2) This teaching, though it is not always easy, is a gift. It’s not that we...
Saying Thanks

Saying Thanks

In his autobiography, Breaking Barriers, syndicated columnist Carl Rowan tells about a teacher who greatly influenced his life. Rowan wrote: Miss Thompson reached into her desk drawer and pulled out a piece of paper containing a quote attributed to Chicago architect...