Colorblind God

Colorblind God

As my wife and I entered the old Spanish fort on the island of Vieques, I immediately noticed the statue of a white woman with flowing blond hair and bright blue eyes. She was holding a child of similar complexion. The Roman Catholic symbolism made it obvious that...
Unmasked and Unafraid

Unmasked and Unafraid

For more than a year, people nearly everywhere on the face of the earth have been asked, encouraged, instructed, urged, required, or otherwise prompted to wear a mask or face covering in public. Whatever your opinion of the present focus on mask wearing, there seems...
Offended and Forgiving?

Offended and Forgiving?

In May 1978, I walked into a prison in Africa to speak with the nine men who were suspected of murdering my parents. After 34 years of faithful service to God, my missionary parents had been brutally murdered 10 days earlier near their home in Yagoua, Cameroon.  I...
Theory Interpretation

Theory Interpretation

“How can you say one interpretation is right, and another is wrong? Aren’t they all just interpretations?” I hear this question in the New Testament classes I teach every year. Usually, when my students express this, they are sincerely wrestling with an...
Engaging Our Neighbors

Engaging Our Neighbors

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus made it clear that everyone with whom we come in contact is our neighbor. Jesus used the example of someone from Samaria being the neighbor to a beaten and dying Jew. Normally, Jews and Samaritans had nothing to do with each...