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 …

The Two Pillars of My Current Ministry

Those of you who have followed my ministry closely already know that from its initial roll-out in early October 2015, five years ago, the Life Essentials Study Bible quickly became the centerpiece of my ministry.  In retrospect, nearly as significant – based upon its longevity and its international reach – is my book The Measure of a Man. First published …

The Perfect Mindset

Does a perfect standard for human thinking exist and, if so, what is it? This question’s importance lies in the fact that the answer serves as a constant, reliable guide for everything we think and do.   Many respond to this question with words like love, faith, and obedience. And while all these are desirable, each is subordinate to an …

Harmless as a Dove

When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As He was praying, heaven opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in a physical appearance like a dove… (Luke 3:21-22a).   The fact that the Holy Spirit is described as a “dove” speaks volumes about the nature of God – including the basic personality of Jesus Himself. In …

How is God Trying to Get Your Attention?

One of our greatest spiritual blessings is when God draws our attention to otherwise overlooked spiritual needs.  As a matter of fact, we all need help in recognizing our problems – a point the prophet Hosea made in the context of Israel remaining oblivious to problems that should have been obvious:   Ephraim is unturned bread baked on a griddle. …

Earth in Hands

The Owner of Us All

For some, the idea of us belonging to God is a somewhat vague, sentimental concept. The reality is that God owns us completely and entirely. Therefore, we should seek and accept God’s will for our lives knowing that He has the right to do with us whatever he wishes. We can live with the assurance that because God is love, …

God's Tapestry

Delighting in God’s Tapestry

Consider that while many things in creation are similar in some respects, in an absolute sense and by God’s design there is no duplication of anything that exists in the known universe. There must be good reasons for this since we find great diversity in the Creation account and these words: “God saw all that He had made, and it …