The Puzzle Before Us: A Holiday Story

Long ago, in a faraway land not very far from here, a Wise Man once gave a puzzle to his kids. Not just any puzzle – when solved, it showed the most beautiful picture ever seen, a deep beauty that could scarcely be imagined…

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Overcoming Suffering

“How do WE overcome anything?” We fight it, kill it, avoid it, escape it, buy it off, trick it, destroy it, zap it…

What, me worry? | Questions Jesus Asked 15

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27 Are you in a critical situation? That must mean it’s… time to worry and fret! That’s how it seems to work. Although we seldom worry about things that (we think) are totally under our control… we figure that smart, resolute…

What do you need to LIVE? | Questions Jesus Asked #14

Why are we spending all this time looking at “Questions Jesus Asked”? Jesus is often set forth as a “great moral teacher.” As we who follow Jesus into the world seek to imitate him, we can all too easily envision that process as requiring us to “teach” – which we often assume means to bring…

Questions Jesus Asked 9 | I would have thought that was obvious…

Do you want to be well? (John 5:6) Jesus has arrived to Jerusalem for a festival and stops off at the pool of Bethesda, the “house of mercy.” There he sees a man who has been bedridden for thirty-eight years. That tells us that he’s no spring chicken – by the standards of the day, he was…

Questions Jesus Asked 8 | The Horizons of Possibility

Do you believe that I am able to do this? Matthew 9.28  A pair of men who are visually impaired see a golden opportunity – a teacher, whose reputation for performing miraculous healings is growing like wildfire, just happens to be passing by. Approaching him, they cry out, “Have mercy on us,” calling out to…