Celebrating Easter during tax season reminds me of the minister who was taking a stroll and bumped into an old parishioner stumbling out of the corner bar, unshaven and shabbily dressed. The preacher asked, “Frank, what happened to you?” The man went on to tell a sad tale of misfortune that led to his downfall. […]
“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ But Jesus remained silent” (Matthew 26:62-63).
How the Savior was watched, malignly watched, always watched, watched with theological eyes, political eyes, passionate eyes. No wonder! He opposed Himself to […]
“Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him” (Matthew 26: 67).
Having heard some of the sublimest words ever spoken by Jesus Christ, the highest representatives of the Jewish nation committed this shameful deed. They spit in the face that is the light of heaven, the joy of angels, […]
“Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him” (Matthew 26: 49-50).
There are some sins against friendship in which the manner is harder to bear than the substance of the evil. It must have […]
You have likely heard some version of this story about a butterfly, from Nikos Kazantzakis’ book Zorba the Greek. Zorba’s friend comes across a cocoon, just as the butterfly was making a hole to prepare to get out. He waited a while, but became impatient, and so leaning over, he blew his warm breath on […]
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins… Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51: 1,4).
It is important to distinguish between two kinds of sorrow for sin. The […]
Love has won! The tomb is empty. Christ is victorious! So why can it be so hard to live the risen way? Maybe, for some of us, like Peter, we get tripped up with our past regrets while we are running into the arms of our Savior. Our own insecurities about who we really are […]
“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him” (1 Chronicles 16:11).
Pastor Ben Patterson confesses to a very foolish succumbing to temptation. After missing lunch one day, he was on his way to dinner at a friend’s house when he saw a fast-food restaurant specializing in hot dogs. To tide him over till […]
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Whether we are talking about the proper diet and exercise routine or about transforming our character flaws, there is an awkward place of self-denial, battling […]
“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us, is the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us” (Ephesians 1:6-8).
Writer, Dorothy Sayers, says, “The final tendencies of the modern philosophies, […]