Are you a TV Olympics junkie or are you exceedingly glad that it all went away? Gosh, who would have thought that Team China would haul away so many golds? My personal good vibe is to see this massive country take a few steps closer to the family of nations. The China of my youth seemed aloof and perpetually revolutionary, dressed in lumpy Mao jackets and clutching their little red books. Kind of cool to see Chinese kids last week... Read More
Pirates of the Caribbean is a perfect movie for our times. It flows from our culture and then flows back and nourishes that same culture. It will join Star Wars and Lord of the Rings as a popular mythology that everybody in the youth generation knows. It will become a permanent point of reference.
For the last couple dozen of you in America who haven’t seen any of the “Pirates” trilogy, permit me to fill in a couple details. Captain... Read More
It has truly been an odd summer in Wisconsin. In spite of all the drumbeating about global warming, the temps have not cracked 90 degrees yet. In a “normal” year by now we would have had at least ten.
The Janesville GM plant isn’t making many Suburbans or Yukons any more. $4.00 gas makes them about as hot as the big Hummers. The huge plant will close in 2010.
Up here we’re pretty safe from hurricanes, but we have had... Read More
One of the nasty little side stories of the national 9/11/01 panic was the anthrax scare. Anthrax is a terrible disease, spread by the bacterium bacillus anthracis. Just as we were reeling from multiple mysterious air assaults, anthrax spores were turning up in the postal system. Five people were killed and 17 others infected. Was this another form of enemy attack? Could there be deadly spores on the letters you would open in your mail today?
After almost seven years... Read More
If you are black and more or less of Baby Boomer age, you probably grew up loving the Temptations and the Supremes. If you are white, you were probably a Beatles fan. I was and still am. A couple days ago I had a chance to see one of the many Beatles tribute bands play a concert in a park setting. It is amazing to me how music has the power to evoke feelings and memories of long gone years.... Read More
People who struggle, especially people who are ill or have chronic disabilities, look at the stories of Jesus’ miracle healings and they sigh. “Oh, if only he would do that today.”
I think it’s good to take a balanced view of the things that Jesus was doing.
ng, he is still healing today. God always prefers using people rather than doing everything through miracles. Jesus’ main goal for being on earth was bringing people the saving Word to save their... Read More
Is it possible that your salvation is ever at risk once you’ve come to know the Lord?
In a sense, “once saved, always saved” is true, because the Gospel’s message begins with universal forgiveness. Jesus bought forgiveness for the world, past, present, and future with his blood on the cross. One hundred percent is Christ’s work. Satan himself can’t mess with it. It has happened, and cannot ever be undone.
God’s salvation comes to us by grace, through faith, he... Read More
Do you believe in payback? People in books and plays and movies sure do. Revenge drives many stories of great and not so great literature, from the time of the Greeks and Romans, through Shakespeare, to the Revenge of the Jedi.
In our own families, we hear talk like, “I’ll teach her a lesson,” or, “I’ll show him. I’m gonna make sure he doesn’t forget this day.” Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t treat us like that? God does not... Read More
Does God hate sinners? I said that in a message some time ago and got some push-back from some readers and viewers online. God does say that, and perhaps a word or two of explanation could help with this concept that some find difficult.
It is always a temptation to take difficult concepts in the Bible and rationalize them and make them fit our human reason. Sometimes the Bible asks us to accept two seemingly contradictory concepts and hold them... Read More
Here in my community and communities throughout America, this week we'll celebrate our nation's independence – the 4th of July. Communities across the country will join together with parades, fireworks, patriotic flags and family cookouts to celebrate the freedom we as Americans have.
The word "freedom" has a sweet ring to it, doesn't it? Those who spend their lives guarding it deserve our gratitude. Being Americans means that we can worship, study, and evangelize in peace. This 4th of July,... Read More