MONDAY MEDITATION: Suffering, Part One–The Three B’s (November 11, 2019)

Job 23:1-9; Job 23:16-17 Job is an amazingly contemporary book. The words of an anonymous Hebrew writer living in a confusing, painful time give voice to our spirits today. Lingering with the passages above, you can find three things to remember when you are facing a grueling situation that may appear utterly hopeless. Be honest. …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: When You Can’t Find an Enemy (November 4, 2019)

Ephesians 3:1-7 The world continues spinning because of competition. You have winners and losers. The winners reap the harvest of success, while the losers look at the celebration from the visitors’ dugout. Before his conversion, the apostle Paul had lived his life in relentless competition. He wanted to prove how his way of living, being …

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Atheism and Faith in Today’s World

In November, 2018, I dialogued with Hemant Mehta, who runs the blog site, The Friendly Atheist. It was a delightful conversation that showed that two people who disagreed with each other could nonetheless do so in a respectful manner that facilitated a greater understanding of both sides. Especially interesting were Hemant’s reflections on why many …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Superstition and Magic (October 28, 2019)

Acts 8:9-25 Superstitions are irrationally ground into the human psyche. Something bad once happened when you walked under a ladder. So, to determine your fate, don’t walk under ladders. Magic is the next step up. It’s the illusion that you can control things in a mystical way. Simon the Great was a magician who gave …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “Past Performance Does Not Guarantee Future Results” (October 21, 2019)

2 Corinthians 5:16-20 This disclaimer, tagged at the end of an investment opportunity, usually means that just because something good happened in the past, it doesn’t guarantee it will happen in the future. But there’s another way to look at it. As a college student, I was once caught in an horrific ice storm/blizzard. Wind-driven …

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Sitting with the “Enemy”

When a picture circulated of comedian Ellen DeGeneres sitting with former President George W. Bush during a Dallas Cowboys football game, it raised some eyebrows and questions. As Ellen said, in a USA Today story, people asked themselves, “Why is this gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?” The implication seemed to …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: The Power of Silly (October 14, 2019)

Joshua 6:1-5 God would have flunked West Point. With a walled city and its skilled army blocking your path, what’s your strategy? March around it for seven days then blow your trumpet. The walls will tumble down. Right. Yet there’s something both wise and refreshing in this old tale told around Hebrew campfires. I’ve spent …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Does God Protect Us? (September 30, 2019)

Psalm 91 My first response to this psalm is, “Yeah, right.” It implies that if you trust in God, you’ll get special privileges. Everyone else can get flu shots, but you don’t need them, because you believe. Faith will protect you from viruses. Our experience tells us that this isn’t the case. God-fearing, even “Bible-believing,” …

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