The city of Strasbourg (France) is the official seat of the European Parliament. Ever since its completion in December 1999, the main tower structure, called the “Louise Weiss” building has raised eyebrows and questions. Its promoters describe its peculiar appearance as reflective of the “unfinished nature of Europe.” It was intentionally designed to look like… Continue reading A 21st Century Tower of Babel
Within mere moments of mankind’s fall from grace and our exile from the Garden, we received the promise of redemption and restoration. The third chapter of the Book of Beginnings guarantees that the heel of Adam’s seed would indeed crush the head of the serpent that led them astray. And for the next four millennia,… Continue reading The Focus of all human existence is Jesus Christ
It’s interesting that both President Trump’s adversaries and his supporters focus on his imperfections, of which, undeniably, there are many. The former group self-righteously attacks his imperfections, launching a never-ending barrage of criticism and complaints intent on tearing him down in the public eye. In contrast, it’s the President’s imperfections that actually ingratiate his supporters… Continue reading A most unusual man – the President
We’ve come a long way since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address, and its most-oft-quoted phrase, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” This was not merely a clever quip for the day – it reflected the mindset of most Americans of that era,… Continue reading Millennials and the Church
The following is my response to a question raised by a Pastor friend of mine in the midst of a recent energetic back-and-forth on FB. Challenge: John, will you acknowledge that every sexual relationship outside of marriage is sin in the eyes of God? Response: I believe that there has to be an order in which… Continue reading Ministering to the Broken
I have a pastor friend who insists that time is man-kind’s great equalizer. He frequently reminds his parishioners that in any given 24 hour period, each person has exactly 86,400 seconds to use wisely or to waste as they see fit. And each individual assigns value to each moment of time they are given by… Continue reading Time – the great equalizer or an enemy?
This senior has another birthday this month, and I feel great and hopeful of the future, both on a personal level and for the nation. But I wasn’t always this positive about life. When my mom hit the big five-O, I too had just passed an age milestone, having transitioned from adolescence into my teens.… Continue reading Aging Delightfully
The gathering was small for our final Saturday Men’s Prayer Meeting of 2016 – nine to be exact – but our dreams for the coming year were BIG. As you might expect, a couple of the men’s dreams were of a more personal nature – for their immediate families had experienced great challenges over the… Continue reading Dream Big for 2017
Most true followers of Christ are so confident and self-assured in their faith and trust in the message of the Gospel, that they have a difficult time understanding how another person could reject that message. The believer looks at the complexity and beauty and majesty of the world about us and we declare the obvious,… Continue reading Understanding an unbeliever’s unbelief
Common sense is your natural ability to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way. It‘s an ordinary sensible understanding of a situation and the use of one’s basic intelligence without which good decisions can’t be made. Compare that to one apostle’s description of faith as “the substance of… Continue reading Is it Faith, or is it Presumption? – When your health is at stake you’d better be sure.