Bible Talk Articles (Page 6)

Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus!

Enough cowering! Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus! Paul said that there would be “in season” and “out of season” times for preaching the gospel (II Timothy 4:2) and for growing the kingdom. He did not mean that sometimes we work and serve, and at other times we should stop because it is inconvenient or dangerous. I believe he was exhorting the church to stay busy even when it was inconvenient and/or…

The Origin of The Bible

This article looks at the history of writing and examines how the Bible originated and closes with information on how the Old Testament was organized. In a given year the faithful Christian will hear approximately 250 to 300 Bible lessons when you count regular attendance, devotionals, weddings, funerals and other occasions where the Bible is preached or taught. That’s a lot of attention to one source, a lot of time spent learning about a single book. Of course we think…

Random Blessings

Sometimes God surprises us. Not just with big things but with random blessings that sprinkle our day with evidence of His constant love and incredible kindness towards us. Here are a few random blessings that immediately come to mind. The sweet smell of newly mowed grass floating into your car as you drive by on a cloudless summer day. An unexpected apology from an estranged friend. A magnificent rainbow after an afternoon rain. Fresh linen on a comfortable bed. The…

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…