Guilt by Catastrophe

People have debated the cause and purpose of suffering for centuries.  Job is the person most associated with this struggle to discover why. The book of Job is about 4 miserable friends who visit Job to be of some comfort to him.  Instead they only add to his pain.  "Stop assuming my guilt," he told... Continue Reading →

Seeing Something for the First Time

No picture captures the grandeur and size of it. It dwarfs those standing in line for lift tickets, making them look like ants from the perspective of the top observation deck.  Even the 605 foot Seattle Space Needle looks like a shrimpy cousin compared to the Eiffel Tower at 1,063 feet. Standing under the Tower... Continue Reading →

Come Out of Him

A friend of mine called me at my office and warned, "Arthur has just left my office, and he is mad.  He’s coming to your office.  You'd be well advised to leave." Arthur was our church's resident crazy man.  He was unemployable, quirky, and creepy.  His long suffering wife put up with his craziness to... Continue Reading →

Three Approaches to Life

Ruth is a little 4-chapter book sandwiched between the Old Testament books of Judges and First Samuel.    It’s a tiny, insignificant story – a story without big characters, miracles, or battle victories. In the story Naomi and her husband Elimelech left their home town of Bethlehem because of a serious famine, fleeing to Moab, southeast... Continue Reading →

The Party at Zac’s House

Excitement filled Zac's house. "Get the china out of the cabinet." "Buy the best duck you can find at the market." "Polish the silverware." He didn't usually get his best stuff out For the scruffy crowd that came to his house. The wealthy people he stole taxes from Wouldn't have anything to do with him... Continue Reading →

They worshiped, but some doubted.

Matthew was a Jew who worked for the Roman government as a tax collector.  He got this job when he made the highest bid to the Roman official posting it on Craigslist.  His job was to collect 1% of annual incomes for Rome but it was expected that he would extort more monies for his... Continue Reading →

The Angel

Matthew didn't identify him - just "an angel." Matthew said that this angel rolled back the mill-stone door of the tomb of Jesus and was sitting on it when the two Mary's arrived.  Luke said that Joanna was there too.  They came expecting to have the awful task of putting aromatic spices on a body... Continue Reading →

Five Reasons for Integrity

The internet lit up recently with story after story about a Seattle pastor who used over $200,000 of his megachurch's money to buy his way on to the New York Times best seller list. It's bad enough for any author to attempt such a deceit, but it's more painful when it's a person making claims... Continue Reading →

It is what it is.

Our free society provides for equal access to trial by jury for every citizen of our country.  It's one of the ways we preserve individual freedoms and insure that a dictatorial, arbitrary form of government does not take over. Courts are anal about assembling juries that are as fair as possible.  Potential jurors are asked... Continue Reading →

Red Sky in the Morning

Shakespeare said it.  "Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds."  (From Venus and Adonis.) So did Jesus.  "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for... Continue Reading →

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