If ever a man was primed for a conversation with Jesus, it was Zacchaeus, whose name in Hebrew means “pure” or “righteous.” I’m sure his neighbors found his name ironic—like calling a drug dealer Doctor, or a bank robber Reverend. As a chief tax collector in ancient Israel, Zacchaeus and his underlings taxed fellow Jews, […]
Time and again, Jesus reminded his disciples about his and their mission. The day he called his first disciples, they were casting a net into a lake. He told them, “Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). After violating all cultural mores and speaking with a Samaritan woman at a […]
I find it fascinating and a bit wonderful that three or four notes of a song, or a taste, or a smell can trigger a vivid memory. I mention this because a few years ago I was walking along a street in New Delhi. The bike bells from bicycle rickshaws told of their approach from […]
There’s a question I often avoid. Maybe too often. Sometimes just asking it makes me uncomfortable because it exposes something I don’t like about myself. And so I sweep it under the rug of my consciousness. Lately that’s not been so easy. Every month for the last fourteen months I’ve read through the Gospels. This […]
Here’s the situation: You want to talk with a friend about spiritual matters, but when you broach the subject they erect a barrier. What do you do then?