ARTICLES

A Challenge for The Church in Challenging Times
May 28th, 2020
There have been many challenges for the Church in our current situation in the world. Many questions are being asked within the Church as a whole and in our nation. When is it “safe” to get back together as local church bodies? How do we transition? How do we somehow remain connected? How do we care for the hurting or grieving? What risks should we being taking? How should we present ourselves to ...
Happy with What You Have
May 19th, 2020
A friend of mine once sent me the following:"I have absolutely the best marriage of anyone whom I know. How do I know that? I don't, it's just what I feel. I am happy with my wife, my house, my car, my body, my kids, my job, my church, and my country. Sure, all of them have snags, all of them have faults, but overall I wouldn't trade them; I am happy.‘Happiness is not having what you want, but wan...
For Such a Time as This
April 28th, 2020
In the historical account of Esther recorded in the Bible, King Xerxes, King of Persia, made Esther Queen of his kingdom. She was a Jewess and won favor with the King. She had a very difficult decision to make. A man named Haman, who had a high position in Xerxes’ kingdom, persuaded the King to annihilate the Jewish people in the kingdom because of his hatred for Queen Esther’s Uncle Mordecai and ...
Only God Knows For Sure
April 22nd, 2020
An old man who lived in a little village, though he was poor, was envied by almost everyone because of a beautiful white horse he owned. Though numerous folks offered great sums of money to purchase the majestic steed, the man refused because he viewed the animal as hisfriend.One morning the man went to the stable and found his horse was gone. The people of the village told him, "Old man, you are ...
Something More Important Than A Pandemic
April 7th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life in unprecedented ways. Even during World War 2, people in our country went to church, school, and baseball games. We don’t know what the ultimate cost of this pandemic will be, either economically or in terms of lives lost. Nor do we know when life will return to normal, and we cannot even be sure what the new normal will be. The phrases “before ...
Time to Pause
March 18th, 2020
In our world today, we have been forced to pause. It has obviously had a big effect on businesses and the like, but we, as Americans, have filled our lives up with busyness. The Church is often no different. In our rapid moving world and schedules, we do not take the time to pause. We do not take the time to prioritize and think about what is most important. We just go about our days on the busy-m...
Encouraging Truth for a Discouraging Time
March 17th, 2020
COVID-19 means a significant disruption of life for most folks in our country, including on the Iron Range. Though I have read numerous articles about the virus and efforts to contain it, much still seems uncertain. There are five things, however, which I know to be true.1) God is sovereign over all that is currently happening in our world. A recent Babylon Bee headline read: “Latest Numbers On Co...
Are Christians "Good" People?
March 1st, 2020
There seems to be a growing number of people who advocate for people to reject Christianity because it is a negative influence in our culture. However, that charge seems to be contradicted by empirical evidence. A few years ago, Professor Arthur C. Brooks wrote a book entitled Who Really Cares? His research reveals some interesting facts about the “religious” and “secular” communities in our own c...
A Test of Character
February 3rd, 2020
At 6:00am, one cold morning, a missionary candidate walked into the office for a scheduled interview with the director of a mission board. He sat in the waiting room until 10:00am when the director finally showed up. Without a word of explanation about the four hour delay, the director said, “Let’s get to the test. First, spell ‘cat.’” The surprised applicant replied, “C-A-T.” The director then as...
Trust in Trials
February 1st, 2020
I shared this story with a men’s group recently but it is worth repeating. It is a true story and one that I saw with my own eyes. An elderly gentleman had a wife with Alzheimer’s disease and when he could no longer take care of her alone, she moved into the nursing home in town. Every day, without fail, the man came in to see his wife. She no longer recognized who he was but nothing ever deterred...
The Folly of Revenge
January 6th, 2020
A tenant farmer had worked hard for many years to improve the production of the farmland that he leased.  One day the owner came to the farmer’s door. He said, “I’m sorry, but you and your family are going to have to move. I cannot renew the lease for next year. My son is getting married next month, and I promised him that, once he had a family, I would give him this farm.” The farmer was very ups...
Healthy Fruit for the New Year
January 1st, 2020
As we look to another year, many will make new year's resolutions. Most of them won’t last very long. We often lack the desire or willpower to sustain our good intentions. It is part of our human nature.Two programs that are well advertised for the New Year are exercise and weight loss programs. Some of these programs are certainly helpful. There can also be some great benefit to these programs si...
You, Be Like Jesus
January 1st, 2020
Two brothers, Kevin and Ryan, were waiting for breakfast one Saturday morning. As their mother was preparing some pancakes, the boys began to argue loudly over who would get the first one from the griddle. Their mom thought she saw an opportunity for a moral lesson and said, “Boys, if Jesus were sitting here, he would say: “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.” Seven year-old Kevin i...
What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?
December 16th, 2019
In “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the angel Clarence helps George Bailey to recognize the good things that would not have happened if George had not been born.  During this Christmas season, I think it is helpful to ponder what the world would be like if Jesus had never been born. Besides the fact there would be no “Christmas” without Jesus, the obvious difference would be in our calendar.  This is  201...
From Where Does Human Dignity Come?
November 5th, 2019
Modern society seems to take ideas such as freedom and human dignity for granted, without realizing where those ideas come from in the first place.  That is illustrated in the experience Dr. David Mackereth.  For 26 years, Mackereth worked for Britain’s National Health Service, primarily in Emergency rooms where he received much praise for his work. Last year, Dr. Mackereth was assigned the job of...
The Trouble with Each of Us
October 21st, 2019
In a Peanuts comic strip, Lucy comes up to Charlie Brown and says, "You know what the whole trouble with you is?"  Charlie replies, "No, and I don't want to know! Leave me alone!" And then he walks off frowning disgustedly. But Lucy has the last word. She yells: "The whole trouble with you is that you won't listen to what the whole trouble with you is!"  Lucy would likely not realize it, but she h...
Remarkable Forgiveness
October 7th, 2019
A horrible tragedy occurred on September 6, 2018. That night, Amber Guyer, an off-duty police officer in Dallas, TX, entered the apartment of Botham Jean and then shot and killed him. Guyer says she made a huge mistake, thinking Jean’s apartment was really her own. This led to the even bigger mistake of deciding the 26-year-old accountant was a burglar or someone wanting to harm her. The fact Guye...
The Happiness Advantage
July 8th, 2019
Consider two individuals: Bob is 35 years old, single, white, attractive and athletic. He earns $130,000 a year and lives in sunny, Southern California. He is highly intellectual and spends his free time reading and going to museums. Mary, on the other hand, lives with her husband in snowy, Buffalo, New York, where their combined income is $50,000. Mary is sixty-five years old, black, overweight, ...
What Do You Imagine?
June 3rd, 2019
Beatles legend John Lennon shared his dream for humanity in the 1971 song, “Imagine.”  The world which Lennon imagined was one with “no heaven,” “no hell,” “no countries,” “nothing to kill or die for,” and “no religion.”  Lennon was apparently convinced this would be the type of world where peace and true brotherhood would occur and then, “the world will be as one.”This is a dream that many appare...