Bible Talk Articles (Page 5)

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…

Top Ten Reasons Why Christianity is # 1

#10 – Don’t need special clothing or haircut to be a member. #9 – No killing of others necessary. #8 – Men and women equal. #7 – No special perks for clergy. #6 – Founder is always alive. #5 – Teaching is always relevant. #4 – Lifestyle is always adaptable. #3 – Converts receive new life, not just new religion. #2 – Salvation is by faith, not human effort. #1 – NO MORE DEATH!

Things That Change

She’s lived in the same house for over forty years. I suppose that’s why it is so difficult for my wife to lose her mother to illness and advanced age. The picture of her parents in that big old house with the comfortable chairs on the wide porch has remained constant for over four decades. It’s not simply the final struggle that ended her mother’s life that hurts so much. It’s that with her passing so too will go the…

While the World Perishes

I was going through my pictures from the trip to Israel. Sorting, identifying – you know, the type of thing necessary to keep the memory of that wonderful experience alive. During this time it dawned on me that despite my efforts of the day and week, people were still dying without Christ. I realized that as I leisurely reviewed each photograph, more souls slipped into eternity not knowing the good “News.” I was struck by the thought that no matter…

The Advantage of Adult Conversion

As a Christian parent, my prayer has always been that my children come to Christ as soon as possible. This they have all done and I am thankful, but as I review my own journey of faith, I recognize that there are certain advantages for those (such as myself) who were converted as adults: 1. Adults know the difference between conversion and indoctrination. When a grown up person comes to Christ, the doctrine serves to change the heart not just…

My Retirement Prayer

I have finally found a worthy goal for my old age. Ever since I’ve turned fifty, two years ago, my mailbox has been inundated with “senior” advertising. Everything from time-shares in Florida to brochures for Winnebago rentals. Of course there is nothing wrong with investment plans and pre-paid funerals but I don’t want the last third of my life to only be about the last third of my life. So I asked God to grant me only one thing to…

The Goodbye Girl

Her mother remembers that even before Julia was born, she was kicking to get out. Today as she leaves for Marine boot camp, we shared another of the many “good-byes” reserved for all parents. It began on that morning at day care when she gleefully accepted the first of many adventures away from us. And now, separations later, we bid farewell once again to a child who has always been eager for a different place, a new space to explore…

Veiled Religion

The ongoing controversy over accommodating Muslim women wearing various head coverings is more debate over religious statements than demonstrating true spirituality. As many Islamic scholars have pointed out, veils are optional and those who choose to wear them do so as a witness of their faith and modesty. Of course, this symbol merely witnesses these things but doesn’t actually prove them. The fact that the wearing of veils and coverings in western society draws attention and causes debate actually defeats…

To Be Happy Again

“How happy are the people whose God is the Lord”, David commented during the zenith of his reign as the king of a nation whose heart and soul were devoted to God. How sad it is that there isn’t a leader on earth who can make this declaration today, including here in the USA? America is richer than it’s ever been. It is the only “super” power in the world and it enjoys unparalleled freedom. But America is not happy. We…