Why You Should Read The Bible

Why You Should Read The Bible

I can still remember the revolutionary experience it was for me, in my sophomore year at college, to read through the New Testament. I read the Phillips Version, and, for the first time, the Scriptures came alive for me. As I reflect upon it, it’s...
What are the best things?

What are the best things?

College is a time of discovery. I don’t mean sinful discovery, though many students use it for that purpose and to their detriment. No, I mean discovering passions and interests. I mean trying a lot of new things, making new (often...
Out of My Control: What do I do?

Out of My Control: What do I do?

What do you do when things that are utterly out of your control go wrong? It happens. Sometimes we feel like we’re having “one of those days” and sometimes too, we feel like “things” have been that way for years. What should we do? How should...
Where does worry get you?

Where does worry get you?

My assistant recently organized some of my old files, and she brought me this excerpt of a pastor column I wrote nearly 30 years ago: “I’ll admit it. I’m a worrier. I worry about today. I worry about tomorrow. I worry about money....
Why do we fight and quarrel?

Why do we fight and quarrel?

What is the source of your quarreling? Jealousy. Envy. Materialism. These are the kinds of things that make people angry and fight and internally want to kill one another. That’s what James says in the fourth chapter of his letter to the believers. Jealousy...
Are you slow to anger?

Are you slow to anger?

In previous blogs, I discussed the first two parts of the thematic proverb of the book of James, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19). From James 3:13 all the way...
James 3: Are you slow to speak?

James 3: Are you slow to speak?

Reading time: 4 minutes The second part of the James 1:19-20 proverb is, “Slow to speak,” and James elaborates on our speech in chapter 3. In my previous blogs, I discussed the first two chapters of James, including the first part of the...
Are you a real hearer of the word?

Are you a real hearer of the word?

Reading Time: 5 minutes In my last blog, I discussed what it means to “be quick to hear” in James 1:19-20. This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of...
James 1: Are you quick to hear?

James 1: Are you quick to hear?

Reading Time: 4 minutes As I said in my previous blog, James is a book about how to walk faithfully through the Christian life. In James 1:19-20, we get what I think is the proverb, the thematic verses, which give the feeling of the whole...
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