Scott Johnson, elder and teacher at Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, shared a powerful Palm Sunday message about the cross crucifixion. Scott shared perspectives of the Roman crucifixion based on his personal study. The most memorable part for me was seeing Scott hold in his hands a giant nail, or spike, like one that would have been used by Romans to fasten a body to the wooden frame. The nail was eight inches long,...Read More
As I ponder this past month, I’m intrigued by how the pandemic is turning people to God. Here are three ways to view the coronavirus – from God’s perspective. #1 God has our attention. God doesn’t have to do much to get us to look up. A tiny microscopic virus has shut down the world. Invisible bacterial strands are circling the globe through person-to-person contact. As a result, people are frightened. We’re running from the virus....Read More
Being an American taxpayer is sort of like having divorced parents. Compared to the rest of the world, it’s not a bad family situation. Still, it has its quirks. Neither parent (political party) likes each other. And every 4 years or so Mom or Dad gets a new boyfriend or girlfriend to add to the dysfunction. This move-in parent always seems to take charge. Sometimes they stick around for 8 years. Eventually they leave and a new...Read More
Last week I concluded an 8-week class on the book of Revelation at my church. Near the book’s end is the fall of commercial Babylon. (I encourage you to read Chapter 18). Babylon’s economic collapse will mark the near end of the Great Tribulation period. Babylon falls after 3 ½ years of devastating plagues. (God also uses “42 months” and “1,260 days” to make clear the duration of this plague-filled...Read More
I believe… When the virus finally settles down, our national response will likely be viewed as one of two things: (1) it will be either a gigantic overreaction… (2) or an equally gigantic underreaction. We just don’t know which direction of a miss-hit our aim will be. We don’t have the wisdom or foresight to hit it just right. Responses to the crisis are all over the map. Look at social media, you’ll see what I mean. Some say we...Read More
One month ago I was driving with a long-time friend to a college sporting event 80 miles away. My friend, who travels frequently to China, was sharing with me how the “China virus” was impacting his overseas business associates and customers. (At that time it was a China problem, not a U.S. problem…. and certainly not yet a global problem.) Today that college team we follow was supposed to be completing in the NCAA championships...Read More
After the birth of Jesus, God wanted the word out. An occasion like this warrants some visitors. I doubt there were in-laws in the manger waiting area. And wise men wouldn’t appear until much later, after the news died down. This was before Facebook and Instagram. Mary wasn’t the hashtag kind of girl, anyways. #mywaterbroke… #tiredofsittingonadonkey… Nope. Nor was Joseph passing out cigars, fist-bumping the innkeeper while fumbling...Read More
For many families, school will soon be out! How about reading the Bible together this Summer?
I know what you’re thinking. Is that even possible?Read More
Why is “listeningversus readingversus studying” even controversial?
It has to do with how we’re trained to interact with the Bible.Read More
The holiday decorations are being put up. Candy canes appear at the grocery store checkout area. Most people enjoy the seasonal celebration, but there’s also a tension in the air.
Christian families want Christmas to be more spiritual, less commercial—more about Jesus and less about Santa.Read More