Marks of a Disciple

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are often called Christians. Jesus, however, never referred to those who followed Him as Christians; He called them disciples. The word disciple comes from the Greek word mathetes, which literally means “a learner.” A learner is not only a pupil but also an adherent to the teachings of Jesus. […]

Faith in a Wheelbarrow

The story is told of an American who scoffed at a French tightrope walker. Despite the Frenchman’s long list of daring accomplishments, the American challenged him to come to the United States and do the impossible: cross Niagara Falls blindfolded, on a wire, with a wheelbarrow!

Inch by Inch

With every centimeter of progress heralded by the hallway growth chart, my panic and trepidation become more deeply rooted in the reality that someday — long before I am ready, yet long after my nerves have fragmented — the circus that is my home will send its performers out into the wide open spaces of […]

The Big Picture

For six thousand years, God’s love has called us back when we’ve strayed. In the first two thousand years, God worked with individuals in a single community unified by a common language. In a community, we prefer to follow the crowd, forgetting that the crowd is also following us. With the anonymous security of safety […]

End Times Medley

The Door and the Storm by Sarah Leteta   I’m reading the book of Revelation. It’s night and it’s stormy, which seems appropriate. Isn’t a good mystery always better in the dark, with the occasional clap of thunder?

Power Tool

The first book of the Bible, Genesis, contains occasional prophetic statements scattered like seeds throughout its chapters. Revelation, the Bible’s last book, reveals the great flowering of God’s prophetic message. Between these two books we see the gradual growth of prophecy — part of what theologians refer to as progressive revelation. God did not have […]

Don’t Worry!

My mind goes blank when someone asks if I have a favorite verse, even when the question is more specific, as in “Write a five-hundred word thought on a favorite verse from Revelation or about Christ’s coming.”

Adorned in Love

“Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts […]

Kingdom Learning

By age thirteen, I had learned about the world’s empires and kingdoms, past and present. And I had lived through one called the Third Reich, which was supposed to last a thousand years but thankfully ended after a mere twelve (1933-1945).

Of Beasts and Men

We humans have an affinity with beasts. Little wonder, considering we both were made from the ground on the sixth day.