But who told him about Jesus?

There is a quote, a “Christian quote”, that is often attributed to Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”  It has many variants and a curious history which can be viewed on Wikipedia: One of the great dangers in the church is to believe that this simple statement is full of…

A Proclamation for Today

In the spirit of 2 Chronicles 30 and in the model of King Hezekiah, i offer: People of America, return to the Lord, the God of your Jamestown congregation, your Mayflower voyagers, your founding fathers, your civil war soldiers, your first and second and third university presidents, and the God of millions of fellow Americans,…

The fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:1-7, 33 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add…

A response to the doxology

“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.” What does this song, penned in 1674 by Thomas Ken tell me? It tells me to offer praise. What is praise? I call it an expression identifying the recipients worth,…

Easter and The Great Divorce

As we enjoy the Easter weekend I have been thinking about what that this really looks like in practical terms for us as followers of Christ.  I anticipate that many of us will be enjoying a day of not-so-much-rest, a church service, and gathering with family and friends for a meal and somewhere; morning, noon,…