Bible Talk Articles (Page 2)

Preaching or Meddling?

The oldest joke about preachers is that when they begin to deal with our true bad habits and sins in their sermons, we say that “they’ve gone from preaching to meddling”. The implication is that preaching is O.K. so long as it teaches me facts about the persons and history connected to the Bible and religion in general. Many people are of the opinion that preaching is acceptable so long as it affirms my hope that I will go to…

Big Church, Little Church

The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” It seems as if there is…

Total Pointlessness

Tom Whittaker, a mountaineer who lost his leg in a 1979 car accident, continues to climb challenging slopes with the help of a special prosthesis. When interviewed recently he said, “One of the things that really attracts me to mountaineering is its total pointlessness. So I’ve dedicated my life to it.” Upon reading this quote, I was struck by how ironic it was that someone would go to such lengths (he’s presently in the Himalayas trying to climb Mt. Everest,)…

The “Old” Rules

In 2007 the book “All the Rules” was published. The authors claimed it could help a woman find a man to marry her. The rules they listed were various approaches to dating that included manipulation and sexual politics. The book described dating as a game and marriage as a trophy for playing this game according to the rules, hence the name of the book. Of course these people could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they would have…

Fathers and Sons

When I was fifty two years old I learned that my father was not my real father. The man I had known as “dad” was long dead by the time this revelation came so it did not change anything between him and me. For most of my life it seemed that everyone in my family knew this secret except me. One of my aunts, who could bear the burden no longer, finally told my wife who gently broke the news…

Stand-By Service

When it comes to caring and serving there are some members who are always on “stand-by.” “By eight-thirty in the morning I’m already exhausted.” These are the words my daughter, Julia, used to describe yet another day in raising a very active three year old boy and a six month old cutie named Sophia. Her lament is common to moms dealing with very young children who require constant attention and more energy to care for than one person normally has.…

The 10 Stages of Motherhood

Every parent looks forward to the day when their child will truly understand what being a parent is all about. In the meantime we can only salute our mothers who seem so amazing when we are finally old enough to appreciate them. With this in mind let’s review the 10 stages of motherhood as seen through the eyes of her child: Stage #1 – 4 years old, “My Mommy can do anything!” Stage #2 – 8 years old, “My Mom…

Things my Mother Taught me

The Bible teaches us to honor our fathers and mothers. One way to do this is to live in such a way that they receive honor from what we say and do. I’d like to honor my own mother, Jane Rose Mazzalongo, by sharing three important lessons she has taught me. 1. Live One Day at a Time My mother has had to work hard and face many calamities in her life but she has always been able to keep…

Drive-Thru Religion

I remember reading about a church that met at a drive-in movie lot. People would park, clip on the speakers, and honk to say “Amen”. I don’t think there’s a trend here but this is a good example of the “drive-thru religion” mentality. Drive-thru religion is for people who don’t have the church as a final destination; they’re just on their way to somewhere else and picking up some religion for the road. This weekend is Easter Sunday when the…

So You Want To Be A Missionary?

I have often been asked by young people considering becoming missionaries what they will “need” in order to get into full-time work. Of course, they are usually thinking in terms of education or money but after 25 years of ministry experience I can say that these are not the things that will guarantee success in these endeavors. To make it as a preacher or missionary, I believe there are four indispensable resources required: Resource #1 – Faith Faith is as…