It Takes Courage

Joseph of Arimethea was a wealthy and respected member of the Jewish council, the same group that sent Jesus to his death. He and his colleagues had what we might call power and privilege. So, why didn’t he speak up with at least a mild objection at that time? Mark says he “was himself also …

War in Ukraine––”Noble and Necessary”?

I heard two prominent people the other day make equally asinine comments about the war in Ukraine. One came from the mouth of Russia’s infamous president and the other from the microphone of an American TV political commentator who shall remain unnamed. Vladimir Putin call the war “noble and necessary.”   Let’s talk about “noble” …

How To Keep Hope Alive

I confess to an off and on mood of hopelessness lately. If it’s not Covid, it’s the ridiculous misinformation about it and the needless, senseless deaths that result. If not an evil Russian autocrat, the murder of innocent women and children in hospitals, churches, and apartment buildings in Ukraine. If not… Well, I could go …

How To Pray About A Demon-Driven Dictator (Part 1 of 2)

In the way I’ve always prayed for demon-driven dictators and all manner of other dangerous people, I’ve been praying about Vladimir Putin. It usually goes something like this: Lord, SAVE him. If he won’t be saved, STOP him. And if he won’t be stopped, SEND him away! Obviously, our first priority is that Putin would …

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