So You Really Want to Know Christ?

So You Really Want to Know Christ?

I want to know Christ! Really? Are you sure? Do you realize what you are saying? At first blush that may simply mean knowing about Christ and the “Christ event.” Who he was, what he did, his impact on history. Probing more deeply, however, it means following Christ....
Let’s All Be Monks!

Let’s All Be Monks!

By Barry L. Callen The word “monk” comes from the Greek monachos meaning single or solitary. With this definition in mind, we naturally think of a monk as an isolated individual living privately behind high walls. But that’s hardly the thrust of the New...
Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

As with any other period of history, our current era is confronted with major social issues that require the active engagement of Christians.  Poverty, ethical decay, women in leadership, human trafficking, LGBT lifestyle, immigration are just a few. Too many...
You Are Relevant!

You Are Relevant!

Every time you get a new phone, it takes you a while to figure out how it works; a new laptop requires multiple calls to the IT department to help you learn the new system; each professional conference you go to reminds you how much you DON’T know. It’s like there’s a...
The Challenge of Love

The Challenge of Love

“This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:17 The difficulty with the love of God is that the human heart assumes it has to earn God’s love, or at least work hard to justify receiving it. It’s very difficult for the broken...
A Future Hope or a Present Hope?

A Future Hope or a Present Hope?

Most of us were raised with the idea that glory was some future place or time after we die. Think about the phrases in the songs we sing. “There’s a new name written down in glory….” “Oh that will be glory for me…when I shall see him face to face….” Our predisposition...