Essential Vulnerability

Recently one of the pastors at the church where I attend gave a sermon that included a number of statements in which he chose to be very open in confessing his human imperfections to the congregation. It reminds me of the importance of making ourselves vulnerable to others as an essential driver of personal spiritual growth. Notice Paul’s words:   …

What Coincidences Teach Us about God

I love to share the story of my wife Elaine’s father’s journey to the USA from his native country of Sweden. When he arrived at the port in England to board the ship he was notified that a mistake had occurred in his paperwork. The confusion resulted in his coming to America on the Franconia rather than the Titanic! Had …

God’s Memorial Day

The recent observation of Memorial Day can serve as a reminder of a wonderful reality as revealed in the Word of God. Notice the special recognition and commendation that God bestowed on those living in an earlier time of moral and spiritual decay who were willing to stand apart from the crowd and serve God:   At that time those …

Respecting God’s Name

  USA Today Sports Internet site recently published the following headline:  Fan ejected for racial slur at Red Sox game:  ‘no longer welcome at Fenway Park.‘ The moral outrage exhibited against the offender makes me wonder why so many people today fail to respond with similar outrage at the common practice of violating the sanctity of God’s name. It is …

The Bible’s Three Most Important Words

The celebration of Easter means far more than commemorating a historical event.  It reminds us of a timeless, transcendent reality embodied in perhaps the three most important words in the entire Bible—“It is finished” (John 19:30)—the final utterance of Jesus Christ before He died. His words are more descriptive than it might appear. Specifically, “It is finished” can also be …

One Gift to us All

One Gift to us All In recent years in my role as guest speaker at numerous churches across the country, I’ve raised the question: To what extent do I really appreciate the fact that I have the Bible—all 66 books—in my own language? I then share the story of William Tyndale. He translated the Bible into English, and as a …

Intelligent Life: Only Here on Earth?

A recent article published on the Internet began with the following statement: Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published recently showed.   It is natural to ask the question if Earth-type places exist in …

A Good Time to Heed Gamaliel's Advice

While many people are in a celebratory mood following the results of the recent election, many others continue to predict dire consequences from the new administration. It reminds me of the account in the book of Acts describing the response of the Sanhedrin–leaders of the religious sect of the Pharisees–to the birth and rapid growth of the early church. We …

What We Don't Appreciate We Risk Losing

The Internet recently reported that the exterior foundation of a church built in the 1300s–the tallest in Europe–in Ulm, Germany has been so seriously eroded from urine and vomit that the integrity and aesthetics of the entire structure is now at risk. Attempts to beef up security have failed to solve the problem.     Then, just this morning there …

Gene on Family Talk, with Dr. James Dobson

Gene on Family Talk, with Dr. James Dobson Several months ago I received a call from Dr. James Dobson inviting me to participate in his syndicated Family Talk program, currently airing on more than a thousand radio stations. More specifically, he expressed interest in promoting the new release of the multi-media version of The Measure of a Man. Following his …