Are Financial Calamities God’s Will?

Financial Calamities and God's Will

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV  God’s Will on Earth? This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that…

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Book Review: Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

Martin Luther

How much influence does your wife have over you? If you are like me, the answer is, “A lot!” Apparently, we are in good company. In Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk, Michelle DeRusha addresses this issue. Martin Luther had a tender and loving relationship with…

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Book Review: The Stage is Set

Book Review

I read Hal Lindsay’s Late, Great Planet Earth in the mid-1970’s as a youngster. The book convinced me that the world couldn’t go on much longer before God says, “Enough!” I read the Bible and watched the news for evidence of Jesus’ imminent return. While I didn’t believe then the world would make it to…

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Three Worldviews and What They Mean

Three Worldviews and What They Mean

Everyone has a particular “worldview.” We each understand the way the universe works according to our own presumptions and the evidence we have seen. In the past, most people perceived the world to be flat. They believed that if one traveled to the world’s edge, they could merely fall off its side. When greater evidence…

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“Doing Good” to the Household of Faith

Where do you get your gas? Which doctor do you go to? Who is your florist? Your dry cleaners? Most of us shop and spend our money without any thought whatsoever about whether the person we do business with is a Christian or not. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t regard such aspects as customer…

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Does a Different Perspective Mean Christians Are Intolerant?

Christians Are Intolerant

My son shared a one-panel comic on Facebook showing two men standing on either side of a digit on the ground. One points at the image and says, “six!” The one on the opposite side points at the image and declares, “nine!” The point of the cartoon is that everyone sees things from their own…

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Book Review — Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation

Erwin W. Lutzer, the venerated pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, puts his prolific pen to paper once again to give us a historic recounting of the highlights of the life of Martin Luther and other reformers of the sixteenth century. Lutzer places these historic lives into the context of the need to constantly purify…

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Thowback Thursday: The Anointing at Bethany

Woman pouring precious perfumed oil over Jesus' head from an alabaster vase

(Author’s note: This is an article I originally published in 2006. I am re-posting it on this blog for the first time.) Jesus tells us that the story of the anointing at Bethany will be told wherever the gospel is proclaimed. That makes this a pretty significant event. Is there more to this story than…

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Starting a Budget in 4 Easy Steps

Financial stewardship is an important issue for Christians. Christians, in general, are criticized by those in the world because it assumed, sometimes rightly, but often wrongly, that ministers are just out to get our money and the money from little old ladies who live on their meager social security checks. In spite of this denigrating…

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Science and Religion

More and more, we hear of it. It is a battle that has been waged for decades, if not centuries. It is the battle between scientists and the Bible. Scientists believe that their interpretations are correct because of their observations of the things that occur naturally. Most scientists, particularly those that aren’t Christians, believe that…

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