The hope of Peter and Paul

The news out of Syria worsens by the day. I tweeted a string of stories yesterday morning that tax the soul: priests murdered, one horrifically beheaded on video; a suicide bombing near Maryamiyya Cathedral; Syrian Christians reasonably asking why the U.S. is at war with them.Reading these stories can lead a person down a dark path of human emotions -- hatred and despair being perhaps the most prominent. But today the church celebrates two men who might add a peculiar hope to that mix. … [Read more...]

Daddy by grace: An adoption insight

Moses and Dad

My Moses can be a fickle child. The other night he said in his singsongy, Luganda-tinged voice, "You are not my daddy." It's a funny thing to hear as an adoptive father.My response was funny too. It was a knee-jerk thing -- accidental, really -- but I dropped some theology on the boy. "You're right," I said, "I'm not your father by nature. I'm you're father by grace."Come again? It was out of my mouth before I really understood what I had said. The words came from something I had been … [Read more...]

Trusting God in trying times

Trusting God in trying times

The Apostles Peter and Paul both spent time in the hoosegow. While both were jailed for the sake of the Gospel, I find it interesting that they passed their time in different ways. Peter slept. Paul sang.In the first instance, as Luke records in Acts 12, Herod "laid violent hands" upon the Christians. He killed James, the brother of John, and then jailed Peter. … [Read more...]

Hope that does not disappoint

Hope that does not disappoint

Our days are marked by trouble. Illness in the family, perhaps dire, a child struggling with unbelief, a bad job situation, turmoil in a close relationship -- the list is as long and varied as you want to make it. We're all facing something, a unique trial, a particular pain. And it's not surprising."Beloved," says Peter in his first letter, "do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you...." … [Read more...]


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