Are You Willing to Be Hated?

Jesus gave us many promises as he preached and taught during His ministry. The problem is we want to pay attention to the “happy” promises like “ask, and it shall be given to you.” We have a bit more trouble hearing this promise to us from Jesus: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.” (John 15:20) That doesn’t sound like fun at all, does it? And yet, the truth…

Paul Says He’s Alive!

Jesus gave us many promises as he preached and taught during His ministry. The problem is we want to pay attention to the “happy” promises like “ask, and it shall be given to you.” We have a bit more trouble hearing this promise to us from Jesus: “If the persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.” (John 15:20) That doesn’t sound like fun at all, does it? And yet, the truth…

Very Superstitious

In 1972 Stevie Wonder released the song Superstition. The opening guitar licks are still one the the most famous opening lines of any song I remember from my youth. But the lyrics always fascinated me, I guess because I was raised in the rural South and we had lots of superstitions. Things like black cats crossing our path, walking under open ladders, breaking mirrors, and so many others. One that really sticks…