Appeasing Or Pleasing?

The contrast between the implication of each of these words is momentous.  At first glance, both words have a positive connotation.  However, within the context of motives and relationship, they differ substantially.  To ‘appease’ is: To bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; sootheTo satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuageTo yield … Continue reading Appeasing Or Pleasing?

When God Isn’t Enough

Many of us would probably verbally affirm that God is enough.  However, do our daily choices reflect the fact that He is enough? Few passages deliver as powerful a blow as II Samuel 12:7, when the prophet Nathan confronts David after he [David] impregnated his loyal follower’s [Uriah] wife and had him strategically placed on … Continue reading When God Isn’t Enough

Stripped of Glory

In the Biblical account of Adam and Eve, ever wonder how that happened? “Then the eyes of them were opened, and they knew they were naked...” Genesis 3:7a (CSB) How did their perception so radically change?I mean, they had the same body, same skin, etc. It wasn’t like “everything” started sagging and joint pain set … Continue reading Stripped of Glory

YOU are MADE for…

"Made" is a fundamental concept for a Christian worldview, and conversation about human identity. How now should we live? How can we live? How do we live? We live in days of uncertainty, but how is it that we can possess peace, a scarce resource, in this world? Can we know that there is a … Continue reading YOU are MADE for…

Does a racist deserve love?

Ever had a time, when time seemed to stand still ... your stomach churned within you and all you could feel was the heaving of emotions, like waves pounding a seashore? Your voice impeded by a clump in your throat, your mind reeling with “This cannot be happening!?” When the simple gracefulness of the feather-like … Continue reading Does a racist deserve love?

What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?

Ten brothers had journeyed down to Egypt.  Famine had overtaken their homeland.  They simply needed food.  Complications weren’t anticipated; after all, Genesis 41:56-57 informs us that, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain.”  As the brothers approached Joseph, the usual business formalities … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?

Wills at Odds

The human mind gets lots of attention, and with good reason. Human emotions capture lots of attention, and with necessary reaction. But, at the core of the mind and emotion is a force immovable unless the human self allows persuasion. Motivation to act is a direct cause and effect of the human will. Life is … Continue reading Wills at Odds

Thriving Versus Surviving

How did he do it?  How did Joseph literally thrive, versus merely surviving, in the life-altering situations he had not ‘signed up’ to be in?  What was his secret?               He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and he was wrongfully accused by his owner’s lying wife, which landed him in prison.  How … Continue reading Thriving Versus Surviving

Dread’s Love Letter

Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter

A Prophet’s Parable

The graphite tips dulled, the ink wells penned dry, and the cartridges emptied with the discourses on King David’s affair with Bathsheba are no jot and tittle. Volumes mark the explanations, and reading between the lines, to sort out the “whose to blames.” The story is captivating, yet heart-rending as the enigma of a Shepherd … Continue reading A Prophet’s Parable