“Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains, besides three thousand three hundred . . . who supervised the people who labored in the work” (1 Kings 5:15-16).

One project in Bangladesh involved considerable digging and moving of dirt. A team of ten men were used, three or four of whom dug out the dirt and loaded it into baskets. These were then carried on the heads of the remainder of the crew to the place where the dirt was dumped. Each basket weighed an estimated 80 to 100 pounds. As I watched I could not help but be reminded of the massive building projects of Biblical times, such as the pyramids of Egypt and the great Temple and other buildings of King Solomon of Israel. Continue reading “Manpower”

Trendscoffer (Part 2)

You might say that this is the “flip side” to the last column published here. I hope my traditional scoffing at new and trendy things hasn’t sunk in so deeply that I reject anything new without considering its value, especially given my failure with the new Echibeckia I outlined in my last column.

As with almost anything, moderation and middle ground is the answer, as well as careful consideration with an open mind and open Bible.

While we don’t run to embrace the newest things, we don’t run the other way, either. Continue reading “Trendscoffer (Part 2)”

Is America choking?

“…the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it become unfruitful” (Mark 4:19, KJV).

America is one of the most ironic nations on earth. There are likely more copies of God’s word in print in our great land than any place on the planet. Yet, we are choking to death. Families, individuals, churches, are choking for lack of biblical understanding. Cancers are spreading, and enemies of the gospel abound. We are nearer death as a nation than we’d like to admit. In some ways, we’re dead already (see: 1 Timothy 5:6).

The rise of violent Islamic extremism is rearing its ugly head on American soil again. This is a direct result of the word of God being choked, and lives not being transformed thereby. We have trusted in our horses and iron chariots (so to speak), and we now face an enemy who has respect for neither. Continue reading “Is America choking?”

Strange words from Paul

We live at an incredible time in history. The space shuttle is being retired. More than a hundred years have faded since humanity first flew. Even decades have dissipated since a man walked on the moon.

The chemical ordering of information in the cell has been decoded. Hand-held devices enable us to hear and see another person anywhere on earth. What was routinely denigrated as junk DNA from the 1980’s onward is now known to be some of the most sophisticated aspects of our DNA.

Yes, we live at an incredible time.

Such successes inspire confidence in our ability to reason and discover. And why not? During the days of the Tower of Babel, even God said that if humanity remained united, “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6).

Accordingly, Paul’s words may surprise us:

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20).

Continue reading “Strange words from Paul”