Fifty years ago, I was pastor of Burkeville Baptist Church in southeast Texas. One Sunday at worship, we had a visitor from Liberty, Mississip…

A teacher asked a question years ago that I have never forgotten: “If you had no religious background at all, what sort of religion would you …

One of Jesus’s best-known stories is the story of “The Good Samaritan.” In the story, the good Samaritan found a man beside the road who had b…

The word theodicy means justifying the ways of God. Literally, “God’s justice.” In street language, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”…

Fables, myths and legends “tell the truth but tell it slant.” The stories themselves embody truth. Aesop was one of the first to recognize thi…

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Love cares too much not to confront. You can call rebuking and correcting old-fashioned words and classify them as the “Old Testament” way of …

In 1971, my wife Danielle and I lived in Southeast Texas at Burkeville, where I served as pastor of Burkeville Baptist Church. In the summer o…

“Stubbornness is not a fruit of the Spirit!” Recall that Galatians 5 gives you the memorizable list: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, pe…

A couple of years ago, I noticed that someone had sent me a message on Messenger. I clicked on the notification and received a message from so…

Way back in the 1970s, two famous political figures brought the phrase “born again” to the forefront of American cultural consciousness. Yes, …

Last week was Trinity Sunday in Catholic and Protestant churches. With that in mind, I am going to write the following sentence for the sake o…

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