You people of little faith

Just before Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, his disciples were with him (Matthew 5:1). From at least that point until Peter confessed Jesus is the Christ his disciples were constantly present. They heard lesson after lesson and saw miracle after miracle. So, why on three occasions in the book of Matthew did he accuse them as being people of “little faith?”

In Matthew 8, Jesus had been teaching people in Capernaum and then “got into a boat.” God’s word doesn’t say why Jesus got into a boat, but what happens afterward is good evidence why. Jesus was asleep when a storm developed and threatened to toss everyone overboard.  The disciples woke the Master saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die! (Matthew 8:25 NET). Jesus said, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Continue reading “You people of little faith”

An unfair advantage

Every nurseryman knows which species cannot survive in close proximity to another. The most obvious example is shade. A large tree will take up all the sunlight in a given area, and leave none for the plants surrounding it.

Sedum can grow quickly, seemingly when you turn your back for a second, and literally run over plants nearby. My saxifrage didn’t stand a chance. The sedum had the advantage of rapid growth, and choked out the saxifrage.

In a few situations where I was discussing the Bible with someone who did not share my faith, the other party complained, “This isn’t a fair debate. You had formal training, and I don’t know that much about the Bible.” Continue reading “An unfair advantage”