Help! I Need Somebody!

It's not a word I like to use often. Maybe you're different. It seems some people are.  They use it all the time. The dreaded word? Help. Or better yet -- Help! I need somebody! The last few weeks brought me to a place where just about all I could do was cry, "Help!" I thought about crying, "Uncle!" then went with help as the more Biblical approach. One reason I had gone dark for two weeks here at Patheos was that I experienced a back injury that took me off my feet and out of action … [Read more...]

See What Jesus Said about Suffering: “I Told You So!”

Did you ever come across something Jesus said that, if anyone else had said it, you'd be wondering about the motive behind it? I confess that as I read what he said to the disciples about suffering, it felt a lot like he was callously saying, "I told you so!" In fact, if you had said the same thing to me, I would have expected it to come with an upturned nose and an arrogant snort. Here's what He told them: They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills … [Read more...]