1006, 2021

In This World, But Not of It?

By |June 10th, 2021|

A fun piece of Bible trivia is that there is actually no verse that reads, “Be in this world but not of it.” The sentiment is identifiable in several Scriptures, but not the frequently cited phrase. The axiom is largely based on the words of Jesus in His “high priestly prayer.” In this prayer Jesus earnestly advocates for Christians by asking the Father the [...]

306, 2021

God’s View of Work

By |June 3rd, 2021|

There is something mesmerizing about period pieces in which the owners of a manor have a retinue of servants—a butler, scullery maid, valet, footmen. The owners are dressed by others and have their hair brushed by others. They don’t cook their own food, open their own doors or perhaps, even raise their own children. It is a world so foreign to us that it [...]

2005, 2021

Avoiding Regret

By |May 20th, 2021|

Florence Chadwick was a world-renowned long-distance swimmer.  She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, each in record setting time.  In 1952 she determined to swim the 26-mile stretch from the coast of California to Catalina Island.  She was accompanied by a support crew whose job was to watch for threats such as sharks or to rescue her in [...]

1305, 2021

The Lord as Keeper

By |May 13th, 2021|

Some quotes have real staying power.  One that is in use today, and that nearly dates to the beginning of time, are the infamous words of the murderous Cain, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  His impertinent response, while an effort to deflect attention from his crime, turns out to be quite revealing.  As the firstborn child of the family and the elder brother of Able, one [...]

605, 2021

Phases of Biblical Learning

By |May 6th, 2021|

There are many philosophies of education. In simple terms, the choice is based on how school executives believe that children learn. Teaching should be commensurate with a student’s human development, therefore, an educational philosophy is a commitment to that assumption. One example is the return by many schools to what is called “classical education.” This philosophy assumes the ideal method of instruction is captured [...]

2904, 2021

Reflexive Repentance

By |April 29th, 2021|

The other day my three-year-old grandson was overheard telling his older brother not to tell mommy something. It’s clear that we don’t have to teach children to sin. At age three or 93, it comes quite naturally to all of us. Sadly, our tendency after sinning is not to repent because we have displeased our divine adoptive Father, it is to add another offense [...]