Psalm 130:4

I was reading Psalm 130:4 this week, which says: But with you there is forgiveness, so that you may be feared. That’s odd – what does fear have to do with forgiveness? If anything, shouldn’t forgiveness breed the opposite of fear? Before you default to translating “fear” as “awe”, remember that the most common usage […]

How God Works in the World

I was talking with some friends this week who are going through hard times, and the passage in Matthew 6 came up. In verses 25-34, Jesus tells us not to worry. He goes on to tells us that God knows that we need food, drink, and clothes and that these things will be given to […]

Passover Meal

I pray that you had a great Easter celebration last week. As you know, shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples. What is very interesting about the Passover meal is the tradition of the afikomen. The afikomen is a matzo, which is broken in half, wrapped in a white linen […]

Good Friday

Good Friday is an opportunity to reflect upon the cross of Christ. The first thing that strikes me is that He is the God who connects with us and offers to comfort us. He is not a distant deity; He knows what it’s like to be in the middle of the challenges we experience in […]

The Tower of Babel

Last week, I was fortunate enough to take a vacation in a place where English was not the dominant language. It got me thinking about why we have so many languages which, of course, brought me back to the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. In this story, the world has one common language and […]

Picking up the Cross and Following Jesus

Earlier this week, the BBC reported that nearly 6,000 dead pigs were pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu River on Tuesday. How they got there has not been determined. This reminds me of a passage in Mark 5. In this story, Jesus casts out a legion of demons, and they beg him not to banish them from […]

Sequestration, Elijah and Jezebel

Sequestration. Yes, it is the hot topic in Washington. But when I first heard the word, I did not think of budgets – I was taught that a person who “sequesters” oneself is a person who hides from others. And when I think of a person who hides himself from others, I think of Elijah […]

“No, because it’s wrong”

Yesterday, I asked my son and daughter the question: “If the power went out in our town and all of your friends were looting, would you loot too?” Fortunately (big sigh of relief), they both said “No, because it’s wrong”. “Why is it wrong?”, I asked. They both gave a very surprising answer: “because stealing […]

“Intelligent Evil”

On Thursday, February 21st, 2013, fans of the English soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs, were attacked in Lyon, France by 50 masked hooligans, chanting anti-Semitic slogans. (The Spurs are a club known for having many Jewish fans.) It truly amazes and horrifies me that this type of behavior cannot be eradicated from society. To me, […]