When it comes to how we live, we tend to either be like thermometers or thermostats. In no ambiguous terms, the New Testament informs us that we should be similar to the latter and not the former. Continue reading “Thermometers or thermostats?”
“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39).
This command of Jesus bothers a lot of people, especially the strong, manly types in our society. The idea of turning the other cheek makes such a one feel weak and cowardly. Continue reading “Turn the other cheek”
Spotted and mottled foliage can be a good thing, but not always. One of my zinnias had an intricate spotted appearance from a disease know as Alternaria Leaf Spot.
A garden visitor who observed the telltale black-edged white spots remarked that the leaves would be considered pretty if this were a healthy plant. People would pay extra just for the unusual appearance. It’s true. Plant collectors like myself often prize spots or mottled appearance. Continue reading “Spots and wrinkles”
We must be careful of our motives Continue reading Are you looking for a whipping or a harvest?