Every Advent, our church in Pittsburgh held an outreach for the children and families in the city to explain the real meaning of Christmas. Up to 7,000 children and adults came each year during the four days we called “The Joy of Sharing Christmas.” Tour guides led groups of 25-35 through a series of rooms … Continue reading “Look at Baby Jesus. He’s Just Like Us!”
Are you facing all kinds of worries and uncertainties? “What if my symptoms indicate …?” “What if I do not get this opportunity?” “What if my children have problems with…?” What if…” you add your own worst case scenarios. The possibilities are endless. From personal experiences and helping others going through both real and possible … Continue reading But what if?
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!”
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
After Jesus was arrested and brought to trial in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, Peter was in the courtyard nearby. Several of the servants pointed him out, saying, “This man was with Jesus!” Out of fear, “Peter began to call down curses upon himself and swore, ‘I don’t know the man!’” (Matthew 26:74). … Continue reading “Why make self inflicted curses?”
If you gave a bit more of your time, effort, or money to God, did you think that maybe He would cut you some slack? Well, let me share a story about why we do not earn His favor by being good. But we can never out give Him either. While serving as chaplain on … Continue reading You Can’t Out-give God
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.”
It was my 40th anniversary of taking people to Israel, following the footsteps of Jesus. Arriving in Jerusalem two days in advance of the group to prepare the final arrangements, I anxiously wanted this to be a very transforming time for each person. Needing prayer, I went to the Garden Tomb of Jesus, wondering if […]
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?”
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?