No Time To Quarrel

2 Timothy 2:24 “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” It masquerades as communication but leads us to polarization. It elevates our need to convince others above our need for truth. We are warned it “ruins” all who Continue Reading…

Misplaced Anger

1 Thessalonians 4:3 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified….” Anger. It’s showing up everywhere. In all kinds of situations, all kinds of people. To say we’ve become an easily-offended society understates the issue. We are living in an atmosphere of misplaced anger, where we would rather focus Continue Reading…

She Did What She Could

Mark 14:8 “She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” I’ve recently been re-reading Charles Sheldon’s classic, In His Steps. He describes one incident where two sisters are getting into their carriage when the younger one notices a shabbily dressed little Continue Reading…

Sour Spots

1 Thessalonians 5:11“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” You’ve probably heard the term “sweet spot.” Everything flows together at just the right time and just the right place to produce the maximum effect. We’re in the groove. We’re in harmony with the Continue Reading…

Kinder Than Necessary

Jeremiah 38:12-13 “Ebed-Melek the Cushite said to Jeremiah, ‘Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes.’ Jeremiah did so, and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern.” “Be kinder than necessary.” That’s the motto South Carolina governor Continue Reading…

There’s Nothing Random About Kindness

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another….” It is God’s modus operandi. The thread that runs through redemption. The inevitable upshot of a selfless life. A fruit of the Spirit that yields an exponential harvest. Kindness… Perhaps no other book in the Bible portrays it as clearly as the book Continue Reading…