Bible Talk Articles

Humble Beginning

It is interesting to note that Judah, the man from whose human lineage Jesus would eventually come, was born under questionable circumstances. His mother, Leah, was given by trickery in marriage as a substitute for her sister, Rachel. She conceived, but not in love, and struggled with her sister for the affections of their common husband. Aside from the issue of polygamy which was allowed in those days. Judah was not born into the greatest of circumstances. However, in God’s…

Roadside Shrines

The cross and the plastic flowers along the side of the highway usually appear unexpectedly. You’re rounding a curve or cruising along and suddenly someone’s marked a spot where a life tragically ended in some terrible crash that is all but forgotten save for this roadside shrine. I’ve been to many cemeteries but am never so aware of death as when I see these homemade memorials. I suppose it’s because of the proximity of this unfortunate person’s death as I…

Little Pumpkin

I made my mother laugh. Not just a quiet smile or chuckle, but a stomach cramping, bent over, a shriek of laughter that came in waves of delirious joy that caused her to smile and laugh all over again long after the initial surge was gone. This was quite a feat for an 82-year-old woman with stage-one Alzheimer’s disease! The cause of this spontaneous happiness was a little picture of me that I sent her as a part of a…

Living on Less

Cross-country moves sure have a way of getting certain things into perspective. Take creature comfort for example. By the last days before we left Oklahoma, every lamp, comfortable chair, toothbrush holder and coffee cup had been packed away. We lived like gypsies; eating out of paper plates, sleeping on mattresses stripped of box springs and comforters, sitting on those chairs and boxes we felt could be stowed away at the last minute. Our menu was reduced to chocolate milk and…

The Inspiration of the Bible

Nobody just reads the Bible and says, “I think this book is inspired.” It’s not just a logical deduction. The Bible actually says this about itself in different places. Doesn’t it seem natural that an inspired book would claim this about itself? The Old Testament takes this idea for granted since it continually describes a dialogue between God and man. The New Testament states the idea in different ways: 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how…

In Defense Of Martha

I believe Martha’s gotten a bad rap as far as Bible characters go. The most quoted reference about Martha is where Jesus gently admonishes her concerning this good woman’s frustration at not receiving help from her sister, Mary, in serving their guests. This story recorded in Luke 10:40-41 has become, for many, the defining image of this woman, a worrier, a person consumed with tasks, and a disciple not attuned to spiritual things like her sister, Mary. Martha was probably…

Plane Thinking

It’s amazing how being thirty thousand feet in the air can give you a whole new perspective on life. Recently, I flew out to California and, as the plane cruised far above the desert and mountains, I realized how different life seemed from this precarious angle. For example, I could actually see how insignificant human beings really are. Mountains look like wrinkles, rivers are ribbons, and great cities are not more than dots of light. From this height, people are…

Planning for Death

The news of the passing of famous people reminds us once again that in the end, we all must die, even celebrities. For any loss, there is a time for grieving. This grieving, however, will only be complete when we accept that another’s death points to our own inevitable end. This realization should motivate us to plan for that sure event. Planning for our death means we have accepted the reality of it and are ready to go on living…

Duck Dilemma

The duck people have gone and done it now. The patriarch of reality television’s Duck Dynasty has actually shared his Christian perspective on the subject of homosexuality with a reporter for trendy GQ magazine. Of course, the reaction to his unfiltered view of homosexuality as a sin and the comment that he didn’t get why gays preferred men to women was, to say the least, a cardinal offense to that group and those who saw this as an attack on their…

What Does Your Child See?

There is nothing more joyful than watching our children “grow” in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord. This thought leads me to wonder if children receive the same joy and encouragement from seeing their parents “grow”. I believe that much of the development we seek in them may be directly related to how much growth they see in us. When it comes to spiritual growth, you can’t just teach it, you’ve got to show it. In the area of…