This analogy probably wasn’t George Barna’s in the first place, but he brought it to my attention with the title of his book The Frog in the Kettle. The idea is that if you drop a frog into a shallow kettle of boiling water, the frog won’t die. It will react to the heat and
With Christmas approaching, I think of the story of Mary—the mother of Jesus. She is a woman of opposites. She seems to be an ordinary Jewish woman, who most likely cooked, and looked after her home, husband and children. On the other hand, the Bible tells us she had an extraordinary life. She would be
Eat your lasagna!” “No, apple first!” “You have to eat one bite of lasagna!” “No, apple first! Apple First!” “Do you need a time out?! All you have to do is eat one bite of lasagna, then you can have an apple, it’s really not that hard.” “No lasagna!… a’ done, a’ done, ALL DONE!”
A good friend of mine told me about his visit with a dying woman. After some preliminary conversation, Art asked her about the condition of her soul. He mentioned that she would soon see the face of God. What would she say if God were to ask her why he should let her into heaven?
On a warm September day in 1972, a letter arrived at the home of Charles and Delores Thompson. Delores trembled as she held the letter. Charles could hear the fear in her voice as she called him into the room. It had been two weeks since they had heard from their son Nathaniel. He had
By late September every year, Christians start posting reactions on Facebook and Twitter about something that is making less and less sense to me every year. They react to the consumeristic reality of Christmas as stores line their shelves with Christmas decorations weeks before Halloween (sorry, I meant Reformation Day!). But as I understand Christmas
Maybe you’ve watched an episode of the ABC’s show Blood and Oil? The whole country seems captivated by the North Dakota oil boom—everyone I speak to has heard of The Bakken and “Fracking” for shale oil. The tag line for the show is, “Sometimes you have to play dirty to get filthy rich.” It’s not
“Dr. Veum, can I tell you something?” The student asking is from the Dominican Republic. His name is Erick Benjamin Sede Eduardo. He wanted to tell me the story about how the Lord provided a study lamp for only six dollars. But first…a bit of background. Benjamin—the name his mother calls him—is 25 years old.
Refection from Pastor Ryan: Well, it’s Monday morning and I am here in my office. I have about a thousand thoughts running through my head at the same time and, for someone who is not good at multitasking, it makes things difficult. You see, on Saturday, October 10, we held our first worship service in
God has given us permission to bring everything to him in prayer. Nothing is too big, nothing too small. He has promised that he will hear us; he has asked us to come boldly. What we ask in faith as we pray, we shall receive, he says. Faith is confidence. Faith does not command. In
It’s Monday morning and the ringing of the alarm doesn’t bring the usual dread of another day starting. No, this morning is different than most Monday mornings. Today begins a new chapter—the first day at your new job. As you get out of bed, and begin getting ready, you feel a mix of excitement and