EASTER SUNDAY

The Path to Resurrection Life

On Sunday morning, the women came to the tomb expecting Jesus to be dead. He was dead on Friday. They didn’t come expecting resurrection. What led them from unbelief to belief? What led them to find resurrection life? What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for us today?   The Path to Belief Unless I see the […]

Resurrection Life

GOOD FRIDAY

Reflections on a Difficult Day

Good Friday has always been difficult to navigate. Easter is much easier. I know how to feel on Easter. I know what to say on Easter. Good Friday, on the other hand, is awkward. How do you greet people on Good Friday? “Happy Good Friday?” That doesn’t sound right. When you think about it, Good […]

Mary at the Crucifixion

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME FIVE

The Chicken, the Egg, and Who Came First

I’m the eldest among my siblings. I’m not sure what that means. My sister is the most driven. My youngest brother is the smartest. My other brother (his twin), who is mentally challenged, is the kindest and wisest. I guess that just leaves me the oldest. I’m living proof that coming out “first” means absolutely […]

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WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME FOUR

The Serpent, the Tree, and the Male-Female Relationship

My granddaughter told me that her Barbie dollhouse has a place to park a vehicle and that her Barbie needs a vehicle. I didn’t catch the hint because I was distracted by the fact that at the age of six, she used the word, “vehicle,” instead of “car.” She’s growing up and I don’t like […]

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WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME THREE

The Male-Female Relationship in the Second Creation Narrative

As Priscilla and I prepared for our wedding we received a considerable amount of advice and questions. The advice, even when not requested, was always appreciated. The questions were interesting. She was most asked if she was going to change her last name. I was most asked who’s going to handle the finances. We all […]

Marriage

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME TWO

The Male-Female Relationship in the First Creation Narrative

The role of women in the church is an issue that concerns many Christians, especially in the Evangelical world. While most mainline Protestant churches settled this issue years ago, most evangelical churches are only beginning to wrestle with what the Scriptures reveal, and how to apply it in the twenty-first century. [1]   The Debate […]

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SNOWMAGEDDON 2021

Reflections from a Frozen Texas Tundra

Another crazy Texas weather crisis is in the history books. It is no laughing matter. Hurricanes and tornados we can manage, but Texans in sub-zero weather are about as clueless as penguins in Palm Beach. We’re not equipped. There is only one invincible arrow in our quiver: the indomitable spirit of gratitude.   Snowmageddon Gratitude […]

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ASH WEDNESDAY

The Journey to Resurrection

Today is Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, it is a day of prayer and fasting and the beginning of the journey to Easter. Before the joy of the resurrection, comes the realization of the human condition and the painful reminder that our sins made the crucifixion necessary.  What does Ash Wednesday mean for you?   […]

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IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD

Five Things Happy People Learn from Jesus

There is a certain amount of anger, anxiety, and angst in our nation today. The news networks, rife with conflict, discord, and disdain, may only be a reflection of us. The Jerry Springer Show, now in its 28th season, has proven that we all love to see a good train wreck. We seem to enjoy […]

It's a mad, mad world

LIFE IN REALITY TELEVISION

Jesus and Living in Three Dimensions

Watching the news has become too much like watching reality television — a lot of drama with little substance — out of balance. I don’t like reality television. The problem with this is that watching can be addictive. Too much of anything can destroy your spirit. What does Jesus teach us about the value of […]

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