Facing God’s Judgment Without Fear

Facing God’s Judgment Without Fear

The sight of Shylock’s gleaming knife struck terror and fear into Antonio’s heart. Antonio had defaulted on a loan from Shylock, and as one of the conditions of the contract, Shylock had stipulated taking a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Standing before the jury, Antonio is now overwhelmed with the dreadful thought of Shylock’s sword. These fears domina

Jonah Meets ISIS

Jonah Meets ISIS

“Please bless great-grandmama, mama, and daddy. Help us to have a good night’s sleep—oh, yeah, God, please bless and protect all those people in Syria and Iraq that are being killed and terrorized, and please bless and be with those ISIS people. You know that they are so angry because they don’t know and love You. AMEN!” I kissed my 8-year-old son,

The Gospel of Gossip

The Gospel of Gossip

Doesn’t gossip seem so hard to avoid? It starts off as an innocuous, “Hey, pray for [this]” and spirals into a full-blown “You’ll never guess what she said to me the other day. The audacity…” What sometimes gets us Christians caught in the gossip trap is that it’s often passed off as something else: showing “concern,”; looking out for someone’s “we

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Have you ever begged for something? Have you ever begged God for something—for yourself or a loved one? When I read the above Bible story recently, the word “begged” stood out to me. Trying to think of what it means to beg, I scrambled through my life memories for instances of “begging.” I recalled pleading with my mom to let me go to the playgroun

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Most people have an idea of what justice is, what it should look like, and how it should operate on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, a just society has eluded us from that fateful moment when through our progenitor’s logic and the bite of an apple, a world was unveiled that was full of iniquity, and hence, inequity. Fortunately for all of us, a p