Wild Grapes

There was no more idyllic and comforting analogy that God used to employ to describe his people, Israel, than that of a vineyard.  The vineyard was the symbol of rich blessing and prosperity as the grapes that would be grown there would be the source of luscious fruit and sustaining beverage for one’s life and …

Knowing Who You Are

Do you know who you are?  Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it?  Yet, a major problem in American life is the ever-growing number of people going through an “identity crisis”. You see, most people define who they are by what they do.  Ask someone who they are and after they tell you their name …

The Children Will Suffer

While it is not well received these days to say anything nice about Russia, there is one thing that I learned from working with Slavic Gospel Association in taking three pastoral training trips to that land; they love children. In society itself, there is a high regard for children. That seems counter-intuitive to a communistic …

The Importance of Language

There has been talk for many years now about making English the “official language” of the United States of America. While English may be the “de facto” language of the United States, it is not the officially recognized language. Resistance to this idea comes from those who think this would not be “inclusive” and that …

Push-Proof

Sometimes life pushes hard.  I remember 35-40 years ago there was a lot of talk among sociologists and labor professionals that we were moving to a four-day 35-hour workweek.  As Americans, it was said, we pushed too hard and worked too much and we needed to back away from the grind.  Forty hours was just …

God in the Dock

In the course of human history, man has overwhelmingly acknowledged a divine being. That has not always been the God of the Bible but humanity, by a vast majority, has believed in some form of deity.   Carl Sagan, the famous and flamboyant American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author was known for being …