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Graham Staines was a Christian missionary from Australia who worked with lepers in Orissa, a city in the North of India. Early one morning as he slept in his Jeep with his sons, Phillip, 9, and Timothy, 6, a group…
I was recently asked by a dear friend if I ever had any feelings of animosity toward anyone anymore, the questioner seeming to presume that the rather disciplined spiritual life I seemed to lead placed me beyond all negative emotion.…
One of the most dangerous myths that we have bought into - and one that is probably the most debilitating to our growth as Christians - is the myth that we, who have been baptized in Christ, remain constrained to…
People believe that God has changed. They believe that from the stern, wrathful God that he was in the Old Testament, he has somehow transformed himself into a loving and merciful God in the New; immensely patient with his errant…
The devil's greatest feat has been making most of the world believe that he doesn't exist. His second greatest feat has been making the rest of us terrified of him. I bought into both myths. I didn't believe he was…
Soon after my conversion [see The Return of the Prodigal] I looked for role models and guides that I could follow, but was unable to find any that I found satisfactory. I have never been the sort to compromise on…
A teacher of the law once asked Jesus: "Master, which is the greatest commandment?" And Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your…
King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled the New Babylonian empire, was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty. In 586 B.C. his army invaded Judah. They conquered the land, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original temple that had been built by…
Once, when Jesus was preaching to the crowds, he told them a story of a rich man who had a terrific crop one year. Rather than be happy with the blessings he had received, the man began to worry about…
Obedience is a word that not many like. It conjures images of subservience that makes people squirm, even if the subservience is to God. Yet, obedience is a critical element of the Christian journey, because it is inextricably linked to…
Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities. When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and…
As a little child, I remember going to the doctor on the odd occasions when I fell ill. The doctor would ask me what was wrong with me, but before I could give him any kind of answer, he'd tell…