The Slavery of Ignorance

“I’m sorry, I don’t believe you.” With that, I watched as our suspect in a series of robberies squirmed in his interrogation seat. My chief of detectives was a master at this kind of questioning, and all our evidence showed this man was the one who had been breaking into several shopping strips in our area for quite some time. When the detective said he didn’t believe the suspect, I watched as…

Making Peace

He would say things like “Mr. Powell, words are your tools. Would you trust a mechanic that just tossed his tools around his shop as if they meant little to him? Words are your tools, Mr. Powell. If you aren’t going to use them well, you are an unfaithful steward of the gift God gives you!” The words of my homiletics professor hit me like a ton of bricks. Needless to say,…

An Attitude of Gratitude

“What you need is an attitude of gratitude.” The trainer was teaching us new salesmen how to keep positive in the face of rejection. You see, it’s being told “no” over and over again that usually brings somebody’s sales career to an end. If you don’t know how to stay positive and focused and motivated, you won’t be a good salesperson. I quit two weeks later! What did me in wasn’t that…

A Thankful Heart Overcomes All

I hated what was coming and, what made it worse was, it was unavoidable. It was a confrontation with a supervisor that had been building for some time, and it wasn’t going to be pretty. As he and I sat in the office of the consultant that the company had brought in to help several employees come to some resolution with a common challenge we all had with this supervisor, it was…

The Slave Who Became Bishop

The transformation in our world from a time when slavery was a “peculiar institution” to a time when the notion of “purchasing” a human being is unthinkable is nothing short of wonderful! And yet, human trafficking is still a very real crime in our modern world, even in our own “land of the free.” Look at our lesson today in Philemon 1:1-25 PAUL, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,…

A Mother’s Love

I suppose the whole world couldn’t contain the poems, stories, and memories we children collect about our mothers. I know I owe much of my good qualities to the brave lady who raised me and my little brother. And the one quality I always remember is that, no matter what was going on in my life, I could always, and I mean always, count on my mom. The bond between mother and…

The Punishment of Eternal Destruction

It has been said that God at His angriest is kinder to us than men at their kindest. What a lovely thought. But what are we to do with all those passages in the Bible that talk about God’s anger and His wrath? I mean it isn’t like they are hard to understand or ambiguous. They are plain and disturbing, especially in light of how we want God to be – safe…

A Violent Salvation

Our modern world seems to run on violence. And it seems that everyday the news is of more violence there and more violence here. From college campuses arguing over speech and “safe zones” and “trigger warnings” to the very real violence of terrorism all meant to disrupt and destroy. And can we even talk about what seems to be “perpetual war” in hotspots around the world where our soldiers are sent to…

Are You the Jealous Type?

Are you the jealous type? I guess with me, it all depends. I am jealous of my time. I am jealous of my schedule. But other than that, I can’t say I really struggle with jealousy. Oh wait, if I’m honest, I do have to admit I do get jealous when someone is being recognized for their work and they forget to mention me! That’s so embarrassing to admit. But I do…

You’re So Vain

The myth of Narcissus is legendary. Narcissus was a man who was exceptionally handsome and knew it. And his actions reflected his utter disdain for those who loved him. He walked through life proud of his appearance and dismissive of those who admired him. Nemesis watched Narcissus and how he treated those around him and lured Narcissus to a pool where Narcissus could see his reflection. Narcissus fell in love with his…