How many do we help or hinder by our actions? A false step can throw many off the path, can keep multitudes from finding the way. The right word and the good example may well be the signposts for myriads of souls to enter the Kingdom of God.

• I wrote today on Facebook: “You couldn’t overcome, because you hid your struggle, perhaps in shame, but by doing so, shut yourself away from help by fellow saints.” I was thinking of an old friend, now distant.

• Special times, like holidays, reveal how much of a priority is one’s faith. When they preempt spiritual commitments, faith is not first. But when even special moments can’t budge one from faith’s commitments, then the disciple has truly set Jesus as Lord of his life. Continue reading

So far this trip I have been to three funerals or visitation. From what I hear, a fourth may not be far away.

One was a family member, one the wife of an old school mate, the other the son, three years older than I, of a family we used to go to church with when I was a boy.

These back-to-back funerals remind me that Continue reading

… for over thirty years [Jeremiah Wright] led a church that serves the community by doing God’s work here on Earth — by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Thus saith Obama. There have been many criticisms made of Wright’s church, Obama’s association and now his speech distancing/defending. But I have a missiological criticism to make. Continue reading