Suffering Should Be Meaningful

How can a loving God allow the suffering of His people? This question is one stumbling block for people truly embracing God. Even those who believe in God and attend religious services regularly cannot really get with the idea of God allowing suffering. Suffering is universal We will have to deal with it one way […]

Suffering and Blessing

#DailyBread – Psalm 137: “By the Rivers of Babylon”

Imagine being taken captive: stripped away from your homeland and forced to live among a strange people with strange customs. Broken and desolate, all you can think of is returning to the place where things make sense…where things are familiar. This was their experience, while the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. Admiring the richness […]

Lion of Judah

Race and Power in Coming to God

The story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, is always fascinating to me. For the mother of Solomon’s first-born son to be an African woman is a powerful thing. (Solomon himself was half African, as his mother Bath-sheba was a woman of the same region from whence Makeda came.) Yet, there are many lessons about […]

The Dark Knight, Colorado & The Hope for Conversion Amidst the Chaos

My heart breaks for the victims of the tragic shootings at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colorado.  And, my soul searches for the hope that might be gleaned…after all, that is the task of a minister of the Gospel.  Where do you find hope?  What can you say about the state […]