Who Is Your Barnabas? Whose Barnabas Are You?

As we look at the life of Paul, we must take a moment to turn our attention to Barnabas. Barnabas played a pivotal role in Paul’s early...

Paul's "In-Between" Time

He went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting...

Paul’s Conversion

Previously, we looked at Paul’s blinding ambition. When we left off, Paul had letters in hand from the high priest authorizing the arrest of...

Traveling in Paul’s Footsteps

The first time I visited the Holy Land my wife was certain I was sick.  I was completely silent as we visited various sites.  ...

The Bible and the Supreme Court on Same Sex Marriage

Yesterday morning the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an historic decision that same-sex couples had the right to marry in the United States.  Their...

Paul: Blinded by His Own Ambition

The first time we read about Paul’s life in the Acts of the Apostles is in Chapter 7, Jesus had been crucified and resurrected and had ascended to...

Introducing The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul

It could reasonably be argued that no other human, apart from Jesus himself, has had a greater impact on the world than Paul of Tarsus. His...

Same Sex Marriage and the Future of the UMC

A year ago, with input from others, I wrote a blog post called, A Way Forward for a United Methodism?.  In it we offered suggestions for how the...

Discipleship, Worship, and Earth Day

Today is officially Earth Day.  The first Earth Day was observed April 22, 1970, the brainchild of Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who...

The Words After That

In my last few posts, I’ve written about some of Jesus’ last words as he died on the cross. After Jesus spoke his final word, he breathed his...

“It Is Finished”

The Gospels of Matthew and Mark tell us that, as he breathed his last, Jesus cried out with a loud voice. Yet neither records what he said. John’s...

The Promise of Jesus’ Words, “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise”

Jesus’ response to the dying criminal’s plea for mercy, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” in Luke 23, speaks to us about heaven and...

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