Dropping names can be a good or not-so-good thing. Today, let’s look at a story that is both. Maybe the good/not-so-good qualities depend on who’s dropping and who’s receiving.
What To Do with Real People
In the Ten Commandments we read: Do not bow down to any image of any God. The command is repeated several times in the Books of Moses. The law even states that if a friend or relative merely suggests paying … More
Have You Seen Ahab’s Repentance?
Once Jesus was preaching and some people brought a friend for healing. They were carrying the sick on a litter because he was paralyzed. Arriving at the house where Jesus was holding court, the friends ran into a dense crowd. … More
Direct Encounters with God 3: Whose Side Are You On?
When we are fully devoted to God, it is natural to think of God as “on our side.” It is a small step from there to imagining that God is against our enemies. The Hebrew prophets and Jesus and the … More
Direct Encounters with God 2: Pedestrian Visions
Sometimes encounters with God are so powerful, so overwhelming, they immediately and irrevocably change the person. The experience of the prophet Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 6 was like that. These overwhelming, transforming encounters cannot be programmed or cultivated or earned. … More