Oh, What About Those Neighbors?

Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall “ deals with the difficulties of neighborliness. Frost and his neighbor had different philosophies about the stone wall separating his orchard from his neighbor’s pine grove, but Frost pointed out how unnecessary the fence was, “My apple trees will never get across/And eat the cones under his pines, I tellContinue reading “Oh, What About Those Neighbors?”

What’s the Beef?

What does God want from us? Does He have a beef with our religious practices? He may! He answered that question when He spoke these thoughts to the nation of Israel: “I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.               But I do not need the bulls from your barnsContinue reading “What’s the Beef?”

Year Around Gardening and Earth Day

 Perhaps the reason so many of us enjoy gardening is because God planted a very “good” garden “eastward in Eden” and turned its stewardship over to humanity ! (Genesis 1:10-12; 2:8,9,15; 3:18)     April 22nd has been observed as “Earth Day” in the United States since 1970.  Although long standing, conflicting ideas about humanity’s responsibilityContinue reading “Year Around Gardening and Earth Day”

No Escaping Love!

“The earth is the Lord’s… and all who live within it.” (Psalm 24:1) (1 Corinthians 10:26) Scripture is clear that the Universe is God’s. He is its Designer, Creator and Redeemer. Because evil has broken into our world through mankind’s fallen, sinful nature, God’s love for humanity may not always seem evident to us. However,Continue reading “No Escaping Love!”

Has Easter Dawned?

  The miracle of creation’s first light, when God said “Let there be light”, gradually emerges again and again in a blend of beauty and mystery and tentativeness as night’s darkness is pushed aside, and the lifting mists slowly unveil the day’s reality. Resurrection morning would be like that for Jesus’ followers. Comprehension of the mysteriesContinue reading “Has Easter Dawned?”

Timely and Timeless…

From within the confusing cacophony of voices inundating us, hear the ancient Psalmist’s song and timely advice: ” Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it dayContinue reading “Timely and Timeless…”

Treachery’s Anguish — Shakespeare, King David and Jesus

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind.” That was my Grandmother’s lament on cold, windy, winter days and the only line I remember from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” However, those words had a different meaning when sung by Shakespearean actors. They were a simile for the bitter disappointment of a relationship ruined by disloyalty: “Blow, blow, thouContinue reading “Treachery’s Anguish — Shakespeare, King David and Jesus”

Of Sheep and Shepherds

  There is something special about sheep, something both ancient and pastoral! Perhaps it is because Scripture presents beautiful word pictures of how God shepherds his people. Trusting and obeying the Shepherd’s voice lead to “green pastures” and “still waters”, to fulfillment and security. However, the Psalmist sounds a cautionary note about inattentive, straying sheep because they haveContinue reading “Of Sheep and Shepherds”

Living within the margins…

  Boundaries are essential for safe and happy living. Our natural world is guarded by certain principles, and we are fenced in by physical capabilities, intellectual limits, and moral constraints. With few exceptions, reason and conscience restrict human behavior. Our sense of right and wrong enables us to determine conduct which protects us from ourselvesContinue reading “Living within the margins…”

Swiftly fly the years

  Another day is ending with a glorious display. Most of us don’t ponder mathematical equations or physical principles when we think about sunsets or “time”. However, since our beginning, “time’s” mysteries and brevity have filled the minds of writers, poets and composers, prophets and preachers, philosophers and scientists— and especially old men! God existsContinue reading “Swiftly fly the years”