Gold leaves of autumn New buds in spring Summer’s warm magic Winter’s cold ring— Coming and going Time’s rise and fall Years building ages Time touching all— So our lives mingle So our lives blend So our lives struggle So our lives end. High above meaning Wider than mind Deeper than sorrow Kinder than
Among many other wondrous things, Christmas is a preview of Jesus’ second coming. Christmas is bittersweet. The angels announce good will and peace on earth. Unspeakable joy at the birth of a baby, the long-prophesied Messiah, Jesus! Then small children are massacred in and around Bethlehem. At this 2017 holiday season we hear Christmas bells.
Nobel Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis was alarmed by the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany. In 1931 his journalist wife had interviewed Hitler. Now it was 1935. Lewis decided he’d better write a novel warning the United States. After four months of feverish writing, Lewis published It Can’t Happen Here in October, 1935. Let’s give
Does the church really need super star pastors, that can do it all? Howard Snyder challenges us to think more biblically about church leadership and the body of Christ.
In contrast to traditional views, the Bible describes the church in the midst of culture, struggling to maintain its fidelity while tainted by the corrosive acids of paganism and Jewish legalism.
“God works in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform,” said William Cowper in 1774. I fully agree. One of those mysterious ways is providence (a big theme in John Wesley, about which I’ve written). Another is signs and wonders (which I’m writing about now. Wesley did, too). Background Last month a good friend sent
The Bible reveals a whole and healing gospel. Good News! Today however, a third of the gospel is missing from much evangelical preaching, teaching, and living. Even among Wesleyans. The Bible is the story of God, God’s people, and God’s land. The Lord God has an “everlasting covenant” (Gen 9:16) with the earth. We’ve largely
Late last year we had some birch trees cut down in front of our house. The trunks were over a foot thick. I thought the roots would threaten the house’s foundations. Also the trees’ frequent dropping of twigs, leaves, and seedpods through the year was a bother and was clogging our eaves troughs. So we
From the Mosaic covenant to the promises of the gospel, the Bible is continually pointing to the poor, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the needy, and the oppressed. Read more as Howard Snyder compels us to consider the poor.
Wesley preached his last Oxford sermon, “Scriptural Christianity,” on August 24, 1744. It was an indictment that opened up a whole new world for him.