Posts from April 2015

Posts from April 2015

WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY?

This morning we start the Joseph stories from the Old Testament book of Genesis.  Chapters 37-50 (with the exception of chapter 38), focus on the dramatic, stranger-than-fiction life of the second youngest son of Jacob. Joseph is the apple of his father Jacob’s eye.  Along with his younger brother, Benjamin, he is a son of Jacob’s old age. Most of all, Joseph is a good…

NOTHING ELSE!

In his classic word on missions in Romans 10, Paul says:  “The word is near you: it is in your mouth and in your heart.” In our neck of the woods you can barely chuck a rock without hitting a church.  You would have to go out of your way to entirely avoid the word of God.   Many do go out of their way to avoid it.  But it is near. After gathering manna from the floor of…

“WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS”

In the second to the last chapter of Acts Paul is shipwrecked on his way to Rome to stand trial before Caesar.  It isn’t the first time.  “Three times I was shipwrecked,” he writes to the Christians at Corinth (2 Corinthians 11:25). In Acts 27 we do not have the longest, but we do have the most precise account ever given of an ancient sea voyage.  Even Homer’s Odyssey…