Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 3)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 3)

“PREACH THE GOSPEL!”

Over the chancel of our seminary chapel the words were inscribed in the Greek language of the New Testament – “Preach The Gospel”  (κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον).  These words from the 16th chapter of St. Mark were a reminder in every daily chapel service of what we were training to do. It is all too easy for those called to the work of preaching and teaching God’s…

“THIEVES AND ROBBERS”

On November 18th, 1978, in the jungle commune of Jonestown, Guyana, South America, more than 900 people drank cyanide-laced purple Flavoraid served up from a common pot.   More than 270 were children.  The babies were given the poison with little syringes.   Folks who resisted or tried to run were gunned down.  Their cult leader, Jim Jones, finally…

KINGDOM COMFORT

The bumper sticker said:  “No matter who the president is, Jesus is King.” Amid polarized opinions, that’s a comforting reminder in any generation.   Jesus once said to a Roman governor:  “My kingdom is not of this world.”    Maybe it’s a challenge for us Americans to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have…

WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

In these troubling times, as in many times past, we may find ourselves wondering:  “Where will it all end?”    St. Paul famously said this:  “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28  EHV). It is doubtful that you and I would believe these words if God…

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came…