Tag Archives: Jesus

Should a Loving God Punish a Nice Person Like Me?

  I’ve made the point that if a country that had no laws against—or punishment for—evils like child abuse, rape, murder or battering, that country couldn’t possibly be considered good or loving. Laws and punishment are a reflection of goodness and love.  Similarly, God couldn’t possibly be loving if he had no laws against evil …

God and the Realtor: A Christmas Conversation

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (The Bible, John 1:14, NIV)   I was floored, God, when I got your request to help you move your son into …

King Herod Understood the True Meaning of Christmas

The Bible’s Christmas narrative has a villain. An antagonist.  A bad guy. And I’m not talking about the innkeeper.  The bad guy is King Herod.  The good guys are those wise men who traveled weeks to find Jesus. The good guys and the bad guy meet in Matthew, chapter 2:   After Jesus was born …

A Letter to My 17-Year Old Self About Racial Prejudice and Ignorance

Hi Roger. Please don’t freak out, but I am your 57-year old self, and I’d like to share some things I (we?) have learned about you and the black people around you that you barely notice.  The good news here is that you’ll make it to your 57th birthday. The bad news is that you …

Let’s Talk About Jesus

  Every person on the planet needs the life and grace and peace and joy and hope and instruction of Jesus, and we who’ve found that in Him should tell others about him. I mean, how do we not talk about the best thing that ever happened to us? How do we not share good …

The One Time You’re Always Right

  The act was brutally evil. Drunk and high, Rusty Woomer and a friend went on a terrible rampage. As part of multiple robberies and murders, they raped and killed a convenience store clerk, Della Summers. Her murder landed Rusty on South Carolina’s death row, where he languished, zombie-like, in a filthy, roach-infested cell. A …

It Rocks to be Right

It’s fun to be right. It’s even more fun when people know that you are right. I spent about 19 years in school, and it’s impossible to know how many times I sat in a classroom when the teacher asked the class a question, expecting one of us to raise our hand and give an …

Wacky Things Jesus Said

  Jesus said some wacky things.  What they suggested was wackier still.   Jesus said some things he had no business saying.  Unless.  You need that word unless.  I have heard people say things they had no business saying…unless…well, unless one particular thing was true.  In other words, you could only say what you just …

God’s Absurd Plan

  Why didn’t Jesus stay?   I have been pondering that.  God was born a man to bring his glorious light into our dark, broken, dying world.  Walking our world, He announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John …

Blessed are the Losers

  Jesus is a dear friend to losers. This is my great hope.   I don’t know what the great throng expected to hear from the newly famous, miracle-working rabbi when they sat down on a mountainside and turned their heads into the slight breeze to hear him speak.  I’m not sure they ever forgot …