Accessibility is something we often take for granted.
We hear about them every Christmas. Sometimes referred to as the Wise Men, the Magi are a familiar part of the holiday season, originally appearing in the story of Christ’s birth found in the gospel of Matthew.
It says in Isaiah that his ways are not our ways. Which might explain why, instead of keeping Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fiery furnace, he kept them safe in the fiery furnace; why he saved the Israelite spies from capture in Jericho by hiding them in the home of a prostitute; why He chose a mere boy to slay a giant, enemy warrior named Goliath; and perhaps most surprisingly, why He sent His one and only Son to rescue mankind from sin, allowing Jesus to be born in a stable, grow up in obscurity, and die a painful, humiliating death on a Roman cross.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” —Matthew 7:7 It was two years ago that the Lord first stirred my heart to love people who experience homelessness. It was summer and I was volunteering at Eagle Fern Camp as a participant in their Training Christian Leaders program. This entailed three weeks dedicated to service: cleaning toilets and shower houses, doing dishes, serving meals, and doing …
Throughout Scripture, God expresses His deep love for children. From the deliverance of the baby Moses from Pharaoh’s vendetta against the Israelites (Exodus 1:22-2:1-10) to His protection of the baby Jesus from King Herod’s attempt to murder the coming Messiah (Matthew 2), we see God not only caring about the welfare of children, but involving them in His plan to redeem mankind.
“The last true national hero America has ever had.” That’s how writer Tom Wolfe described John Glenn. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died on December 8. He was ninety-five. While most will remember him for his career as an astronaut and a four-term U.S. Senator, Glenn was also a man of faith. At the press conference held in 1959 to introduce NASA’s choices for the U.S. space program, Glenn shocked his fellow astronauts, as well as the …
The Bible text did not originate in a vacuum. It was written in a very specific socio-historic context. It’s important to look at the world behind the text.