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Clerics, Relics, & Relish

What’s the difference between clerics and relics? A little relish. When I was a teenager in Hanover County, Virginia, our church went through the transition of my pastor’s resignation.  Not…

Contemplation: The Temple Within

Not long ago, at our Virginia Baptist state convention, I went to a breakout session that was led by members of the Epiphany Institute of Spirituality, a group of Baptists who…

Giving God a Thrift Gift

There are all kinds of holiday gifts, other than the shiny new ones you generally find beneath the tree.  You might give someone an “experience gift,” like when my mom,…

Can a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2) Every now and then,…

A New Commandment

 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke…

The Gift of Tears

Do you ever cry when you pray? Sometimes when I’m deep in prayer, tears flow on their own.  Of course, this may happen when I’m crying out in anguish to…

Humble Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  If you plan to host a Thanksgiving celebration, you would do well to begin planning now.  There are so many things to cook, from…

In the Sweet By-and-Byproduct

Yesterday, I was checking out the website of a church in another state, clear across the country, because a friend of mine is considering visiting that congregation.  They are a…

The Foolish Heart of a Pastor

  Today, we find the Word of God taking a very human form.  Paul is so frustrated with false teachers in the church that he resorts to name-calling and foolish…

Concerning the Collection

In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Paul writes about the donations he was collecting from the Gentile churches, for the purpose of aiding Jewish Christians who were in need in Israel.  He…