Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 69)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 69)

TENDER MERCIES

The closing verses of Mark’s 10th chapter recount the dramatic healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus. Jesus worked a great many miracles of healing during His earthly ministry.  But have you ever wondered why it seemed so selective? What about all the people in the world who never met up with Jesus, who died from their illnesses?   And what about all the people Jesus did…

TIMELESS TRUTH

For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal. In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others, introduced the false teaching that Christ was “like” God, but not “the same as” God, that is, one equal Being with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Souls were confused and deceived.…

“ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN…?”

Journalists in the 1950’s called it the “Red Scare.”  Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy led the charge to root out communist sympathizers during the days of the Cold War. Government employees, educators, union leaders and entertainers were especially targeted. Stories of excessive zeal, false accusations of treason, and ruined reputations abound. In the hearings conducted…

“LET THE CHURCH BE THE CHURCH”

A number of years ago, a fellow named Dwight Ozard observed:  “Fairly or otherwise, American Christianity is perceived as out of touch, viewed at best like the car driving 10 m.p.h. under the speed limit in the left lane with the right blinker on and a tacky bumper sticker (Loving Jesus is not why anyone wants to honk).” Arguing for genuine reform, Ozard proposes some…

THE GOOD FIGHT

In July of 1861, folks in both the North and the South figured on an easy victory in mere months.  Neither the Union nor the Confederacy were truly prepared for the bloodiest war in our history – the Civil War. The history books tell us of the initial enthusiasm and excitement.  General McDowell marched forth from Washington with his 35,000 men, eager for battle.  A…