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Month: June 2015

Hull it Out

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision establishing gay “marriage”– I remain mindful of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s response to my question 23 years ago, “What’s a Christian minister to do in a situation where almost no one agrees that Jesus is the Truth?” With fist raised, “Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist!” was his answer. I get tired, but that is still the right answer. The Church has always gone forward in the midst of storms and temptations. Why should our day be any different? “Hull it out.” “It is well with us, if we can ride out a storm at anchor; that is, lie still and expect, and surrender ourselves to God, and anchor in that confidence, till the storm blow over.…

Ya Feel Me?

“Why will you die, O Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11) A young drug addict, with half of his skull blown away in a drug deal, was delivered to the emergency room where one of my students worked as a nurse. The doctor pronounced the man dead and the mother, with relief, readily signed the organ donation papers. My student took the body to prepare it for organ harvest. As he went about his work, he noticed the corpse wink. He called the doctor to come take another look. The doctor checked and concluded it was just involuntary movement – the man was dead. The nurse returned to his work. The corpse winked again. At this, the nurse said, “if you can hear me,…

Just Passing

“We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers’ wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls: and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death. Now was there ever any man seen to sleep in the cart, between Newgate, and Tyburn? Between the prison, and the place of execution, does any man sleep? And we sleep all the way; from the womb to the grave. We are never thoroughly awake; but pass on with such dreams, and imaginations as these, “I may live as well, as another, and why should I die,…

Famine Makes Me Fat

“…you gave your people food of angels, and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat, providing every pleasure and suited to every taste.” (Wisdom of Solomon 16:20) Wow! A chocolate malt and Superdog from B&G Milkway in Sioux Falls, SD? Every day? Three times a day? A famine like that would make me fat(ter). The angel brought Elijah this food when he asked God to kill him. One meal lasted forty days – talk about calories. The prophet’s widow who sought Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-7) got angel oil. Her husband had died, leaving her with debts, and creditors on the way to turn her two sons into slaves. Behind her report we can almost hear her…

Where Your Treasure Is

“Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) “I have seen minute-glasses; glasses so short-liv’d.  If I were to preach upon this text, to such a glass, it were enough for half the sermon; enough to show the worldly man his treasure, and the object of his heart … to call his eye to that minute-glass, and to tell him, there flows, there flies your treasure, and your heart with it. But if I had a secular glass, a glass that would run an age; if the two hemispheres of the world were composed in the form of such a glass, and all the world calcin’d and burnt to ashes, and all the ashes, and sands, and atoms…