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“I’m fine. Thank you.” Translation: “I do not need any help.”

In the American culture which encourages the value of independence, how reluctant we often are to accept  help from others. It feels like a sign of weakness or dependence.  And yet for Christians, this runs counter to the teachings of Jesus and Paul  that we are created for  community, with openness, vulnerability and mutual support. … Continue reading “I’m fine. Thank you.” Translation: “I do not need any help.”

“How Old Was Jesus When He Died?”

Many artists have attempted to picture Jesus’ appearance. These are only guesses. Each artist fittingly  paints Him as one bearing their cultural identity.  But while no accurate picture exists, the Gospels do preserve historical  records which help approximate His age as He went willingly to the cross. Following His baptism by John the Baptist,  Luke … Continue reading “How Old Was Jesus When He Died?”

“Traveling by Air? Part II The Big Blue!”

The Story of Big Blue Suitcases take a beating when traveling, especially by plane. So  I decided the best way to  handle luggage challenges was to buy a  large, outlandish colored, soft side d bag. Voila! I found one, tough as  alligator skin, available at the luggage store. But just before I bought it, my … Continue reading “Traveling by Air? Part II The Big Blue!”

“Traveling by Air? Luggage Beware!” Part I

After traveling by plane for nearly 60 years, air travel is not as enjoyable as before.  Seats, food, comfort, and security procedures have all changed. But perhaps the greatest casualty  may be our luggage! After each new rip,  missing wheel, broken zipper or damaged handle to my luggage, however, I comfort myself thinking of the … Continue reading “Traveling by Air? Luggage Beware!” Part I

Does God Speak Through Dreams Today?

During lunch at the home of a dentist and his family in Londrina, Brazil, I learned that my afternoon had already been planned. I was to preach in  an industrial area of the city where their  downtown Presbyterian Church  had purchased a large warehouse,  now “converted” into a worship and evangelism center.  Their goal was … Continue reading Does God Speak Through Dreams Today?