What do I believe? Part 14 – A little more on fruit

I’ve previously described how, at least in my own experience, there seems to be something about the way of Jesus that motivates more and deeper altruism than I have observed elsewhere.  But there’s another corollary that I have observed that I think deserves mention.  I have known quite a few people who have, during their … Continue reading What do I believe? Part 14 – A little more on fruit »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5

Why do you concentrate on the sawdust in your brother’s eye, and pay no mind to the two-by-four in your own eye?  How can you possibly say to him “let me help you with that dust in your eye,” when all the while you’ve got that two-by-four sticking out of your own?  Hypocrite!  First get … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24

    They hate him who reproves in the gate,         and they abhor him who speaks the truth.     Therefore because you trample on the poor         and you exact taxes of grain from him,     you have built houses of hewn stone,         but you shall not dwell in them;    … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”  For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 1 – Luke 12:48

My college friend and sister-in-law Linda Martin just tagged me with the “Seven-Day Scripture Challenge.”  It’s not complicated, it’s just to post seven scriptures that mean something to me, one per day, and then challenge two more people to do the same.  Here are some that matter to me. Luke 12:48 (a fragment of it … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 1 – Luke 12:48 »

Why do I believe? Part 13 — Not for Heaven’s Sake

Lots of folks, when they discuss the truth (or not) of faith, or when they try to sell Christianity to outsiders, spend a great deal of energy on issues surrounding the afterlife.  The crassest version, but one many of us have encountered, is encapsulated in the question “do you know where you’d be if you … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 13 — Not for Heaven’s Sake »

How my faith impacts my politics

With some frequency, some of my Bible-believing friends who tend toward the conservative end of American politics ask me how I can justify my more left-leaning political views.  More than a few have expressed genuine consternation that anyone who believes in Jesus could possibly vote Democratic (as I often have), or could oppose certain Republican … Continue reading How my faith impacts my politics »