Sparks through Stubble

The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. (Wisdom of Solomon 3:7-8) You may be asking yourself, “Cool verse. But what is the Wisdom of Solomon?  I thought it was the Song of Solomon.” Well the Wisdom of Solomon is a book that was heavily quoted during the years Jesus was on the … Continue reading

Don’t All Good People Go To Heaven?

Why should faith in Christ be the only way into heaven? After all, aren’t there many “good” people who do not believe in Christ? God surely will not keep “good” people out of heaven, will He? No, God most assuredly will not keep good people out of heaven! All good people will be admitted. It says so in the Bible! Paul wrote the in book of Romans that on judgment day, God “will render to … Continue reading

The Princess and The Pauper

(This originally appeared in the May/June 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) I was up late, viewing a videotape of an interview with Harvard professor and renowned evolution-apologist Stephen J. Gould. When the tape ended, the television came on, and I was shocked to hear that Princess Diana had been killed in an automobile accident in Paris. I stayed up for awhile and watched part of the somber coverage that would continue unabated to more … Continue reading

Amazing Grace

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the news services across the nation lit up with news of a multiple shooting – cold blooded murder in a South Carolina church, Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney (who, as it happens is also a State Senator) and eight church members were killed were killed by 21 year old Dylann Roof. Roof is white, all his victims were black, and there seemed to be no … Continue reading

“Love? I’m not buying it.”

Those words were uttered by the character Frank Underwood in the Netflix original series “House of Cards” Just after saying those words, he spits in the face of the statue of Jesus. Just when I finally think I have to quell my strong desire for good story telling in favor of not subjecting my soul to House of Cards’ salacious innuendo and very adult situations, scenes like this show up. The first two seasons of … Continue reading

The Christmas Image

This week’s Crux posts the day most Christians celebrate the anniversary of the incarnation. As I thought about what to write it occurred to me to take the easy way out and either skip posting this week or repost The Gift, an article Joy wrote in 1996 for the Journal (we posted it in the Crux in 2012). There is of course, the typical wrangling as to the meaning of the day and the holiday. … Continue reading