“Then someone from the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions’” (Luke 12:13-15 NET).
Two men came to Jesus with what one of them considered to be a problem: he didn’t think he was getting a fair share of the inheritance. We don’t know the circumstances of his complaint, but it could have been as simple as the way inheritance laws were set up in God’s Law. The firstborn son would receive a double portion of the inheritance (see Deuteronomy 21:15-17). If that is the case here, the younger son might be complaining that the inheritance was not split equally and was hoping Jesus would change the inheritance law so he could have more.
Jesus could see what the real problem was: greed. So he told them a story. Continue reading “Where is our security?”
With fifteen years behind us, we’re developing a long-range perspective on the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation.
Hopefully, the palpable shock and fear we felt will be passed on to the next generation. Continue reading “Illusions of security”
Have you ever known anyone who became so anxious with reading a story that he or she would skip to the last chapter to see how it ended? Years ago I remember someone telling me this was her strategy for reading books. For many of us this would ruin the story. However for her, knowing how the narrative tensions would be resolved enabled her to relax enough to read through the story.
I’m not convinced this is a great strategy for reading books. Nevertheless, it is a helpful way to live life. Continue reading “It will be alright”
Fears abound. What if the stock market crashes? What if my career does not progress further? What if they do not like me? What if I lose “it”?
Since secular people consider themselves to have moved beyond superstitious idolatry, to assert that many contemporary fears are birthed in idolatry might sound oxymoronic. Yet, when we understand how idols function, the correlation is obvious. Fortunately, jettisoning idols along with their fears leads toward obtaining the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Continue reading “Our fears expose our idols”
During my sophomore college summer I returned home to Australia to work as a truck driver offsider. A church member, who owned a truck, hired me to assist him with his furniture delivery business.
Many details of that summer have slipped from memory, but not the choking lady. We were on the second floor of an apartment building where we had just delivered a large wall unit. She came down the stairs holding her throat, choking and with a look of panic in her eyes. Continue reading “Choking Hazard”
Strong roots will keep us grounded… Continue reading Roots of security
Pierre Desarmes must have felt a wave of relief as he loaded his family onto an airplane. Two weeks earlier this 34-year-old man was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the earthquakes struck. Continue reading Looking For Peace
There are reasons to feel paranoid about who might be looking into our private files. According to a Wall Street Journal story on February 18, 2010, a major operation has been uncovered. Continue reading Hacking Into My Life
Just when we thought it was safe to fly, a breach of security occurred. The intrusion took place at Newark’s Liberty International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest. Cameras recorded a man ducking under a rope as the security officer stepped away from his post. Continue reading An Infallible Security System
Yesterday morning I was reminded how the disciples here have been shocked by the defection of one of the congregation’s founding brothers. In January, this brother arose after the Sunday meeting and announced he was forsaking the Lord and the church. After some 20 years in the faith. Continue reading The Permanence of God