Posts from May 2016

Posts from May 2016

SIN, GRACE & LOVE

In 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a famous novel – The Scarlet Letter. The story is set in 17th century Massachusetts.   In the days of Puritan New England, Hester Prynne falls prey to sexual immorality.   There is no hiding the matter.  She is pregnant out of wedlock.  Soon she gives birth to little Pearl.  Spoiler alert!  The Rev. Mr. Dimmsedale turns out to be the…

EMBARRASSING BASICS?

The Rev. Kevin Huddleston of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kansas seems somewhat embarrassed by the basics.  He has a beef with Apostles’ Creed.    As a Voice of Faith columnist, he entitles his article:  “Is believing creeds what Christianity is about?”   He says:  “The simplistic answer to this question is ‘no.’”   In sort of a “Captain…

MOTHERHOOD REVISITED

Around Mother’s Day the old jokes surface again.  Most of us relate.  There are articles such as “Things My Mother Taught Me.”  For example: My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait till your father gets home.” My mother taught me about logic:  “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.” My mother taught me about…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around…