Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, told about a fire at a theater that tragically killed a large number of people in the audience. Backstage, some of cast members smelled smoke and soon discovered flames shooting out of a backroom of the theater. One of the actors quickly ran out on to … [Read more...] about Words Meant to Be Heeded
“You are not my friend anymore!” Those words may be spoken by 6-year-old Jimmy when his friend, Jason, refuses to share a cookie with him. They are also words communicated by some folks on Facebook as they “unfriend” someone because of differing political views. Yet even when political tensions are … [Read more...] about Can Political Enemies be Friends?
Almost every student knows about Isaac Newton’s famed encounter with a falling apple. Newton discovered and introduced the laws of gravity in the 1600's, which revolutionized the study of physics and astronomy. Not many people, however, know that if it weren’t for Edmund Halley, the world might … [Read more...] about Who Gets the Credit?
On August 14, Chisholm Baptist Church celebrates its 110th anniversary. Our church has had the privilege of serving the Lord in this community since 1906 when a small group of Swedish speaking immigrants from Finland formed what was then known as Bethphage Baptist Church. Many view church … [Read more...] about 110 Years and Going Strong!
Tony Campolo, a former Seminary professor in Philadelphia, used to take a commuter train to the school each day. One day it was raining, but since he could not find an umbrella at home, he left for work without one. On the train, Tony sat beside an elderly woman. As he got up to get off the train, … [Read more...] about Knowing All the Facts
A little boy’s pet turtle fell over and lay motionless. The boy ran in to tell his dad, who happened to be a very persuasive salesman. The father sized up the situation, put the turtle in a little box, and proceeded to share his faith with his son. In his most convincing sales manner, the father … [Read more...] about The Conquered Enemy
Tragic events and a high degree of racial tension rocked our nation this past week. I certainly do not have all the answers to these problems, but here are six things on which I believe Christians should be in agreement: First, we are all part of one race, the human race. The Bible clearly … [Read more...] about Some Thoughts on Racial Tension
The story is told of a prosperous, young banker who was driving his new Lexus on a mountain road. There were some icy spots on the highway that day, and as he made a sharp turn, the man lost control of his car, and it began sliding off the road toward a deep precipice. At the last moment, he … [Read more...] about Money Matters–But Not as Much as We Might Think
The horrific attack at an Orlando nightclub on June 12 resulted in 49 people being killed, with over 50 others wounded. I am stunned by suggestions that conservative Christians are hypocritical in expressing concern for the victims, who were almost all LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender) … [Read more...] about A Christian Response to Orlando
“If I know God is going to forgive all of my sins, why should I try to obey Him?” This is a question asked often by those considering the Christian message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Knowing that God will not punish us for any of our sins would seem to diminish our desire … [Read more...] about The Best Reason to Obey God