Upgrade

Apple announced the upcoming release of the upgrades of the operating systems (OS) of their devices. Many users of Apple gadgets look forward to these upgrades. But, this time around, with the announcement of the new iOS 11 (for the iPhone and iPad) also comes a warning about certain apps

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The Better Signs of the Times

Over the past week there has been a series of natural calamities that have hit the region. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a category 4 hurricane (after devastating the Caribbean) and caused a lot of flooding and destruction along its path. It is said that the “all-time continental U.S. tropical

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Be Free

Last week, I came across the name of Harriet Tubman for the first time. Sadly, she was in the news because the former administration’s plan to print her picture in a new $20 bill design (to replace the picture of Andrew Jackson) was dropped by the current administration. I do

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Who Cares?

Last week I was asked to officiate at the dedication of a new care home facility. As I prepared for this task, I began to ponder on my own experiences of God’s gracious care in my life. I thought about what scripture has to say about it. And scripture is

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Make Me a Blessing

Let me say it outright: Racism, the idea of supremacy of one race over another (or all others), has no place whatsoever in Christ. Yet, sadly, many who do embrace such racial supremacy—especially of the white supremacy variety—do so with the twisted notion that it is in keeping with Christianity.

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A Forgiving Ring

Some years ago, I visited the Cazadero Baptist Camp with the purpose of determining whether it would be an appropriate place for the church to hold our family camp. While there, I decided to shoot some basketball hoops at the camp’s half court. It was then that I made my

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Word War

TV news magazine 20/20 just featured the case of Michelle Carter. She was recently convicted and sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in what has been described as the ”texting suicide” case. Carter was deemed responsible for the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, primarily through her communications with the victim in

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Keeping Watch

“May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other” (Genesis 31.49 NIV). These words have always been to me the “Mizpah Benediction.” They were usually uttered as a concluding blessing of worship gatherings, and sometimes as a “Christian goodbye” between friends. The benediction

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Do the Right Job Well

When I was reading Younger Next Year, a book about physical health, a particular passage caught my attention. It describes medical doctor Henry S. Lodge’s journey to embracing a new perspective on health care. I had done what doctors do well in this country, which is to treat people with

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The Lord will Provide

Jehovah-Jireh (or Yahweh-Yireh) is a name ascribed to the God of scripture. It is commonly translated, “The Lord will provide.” It is the name that Abraham gave to the place where the Lord led him to sacrifice his son Isaac. But at the critical moment, the Lord stopped Abraham from

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