Hypocrisy was a big deal to Jesus. I mean in a bad way. Toward the end of his ministry he said this: “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:13). “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:14). “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:15). “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, […]
The rape. The injustice. The bitterness. The lie that he should even-the-score. The rage. The Orchestrated murder of Amnon, his half-brother. Hiding three years. The revolution he inspired. His death and King David’s tears, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my […]
Prompted by the Spirit of God and a desire to talk, I pick up the phone and call a close friend. The moment he answers the tone of his voice tells me he’s discouraged. “What’s up?” I ask. And then he tells me about his wife’s failing health, or job problems, or a struggle with […]
On a dark rainy day several years ago my mood matched the weather. I climbed in my car and listened to the rain patter on the roof. I felt physically and emotionally drained.
My first best friend was a neighbor who lived behind me in Roswell, New Mexico. His name was Eddy Borland. We were inseparable. In addition to playing baseball together, we liked to light fires. One day something happened and Eddy’s shirt caught on fire. He panicked and started to run. I tackled him and threw myself on his shirt snuffing out the fire . . . pretty fast thinking for an eight-year- old. Eddy looked at me and said, “You saved my life.”