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'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.' Matthew 25:37-40 The Message

High Horses and Higher Ground






High Horses and Higher Ground
by Don Williams

I’ve had it with prodigals
Slamming doors in God’s face;
Plotting their escape;
Risking self and others.

Book Review: A Brief History of Sunday: From the New Testament to the New Creation

Growing up Seventh-day Adventist, I always found it strange that the majority of Christians worship on Sunday. Though I attended Adventist schools from kindergarten through university and we often discussed the importance and “rightness” of Saturday as the proper day of worship, the why behind Sunday worship and the how it came to be were never addressed.

How We Grow Spiritually (A Parable)

The thing I like most about our yard and the thing I like least are related.

Between our yard and the neighbor's yard, there are five towering evergreens. There’s a massive oak. In the middle of the front yard is a giant, ancient, Japanese maple. It’s beautiful. Surrounded by all these trees, our home feels like it’s in the country—private and quiet. I love having all those trees.

Romans in Widescreen

A review of Sigve K. Tonstad’s The Letter to the Romans: Paul among the Ecologists. The Earth Bible Commentary #7 (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2016).

The Rehoboam Syndrome and Its Cure

Much of the Hebrew Bible undermines the prevailing view of power and hierarchical control in the ancient Near East.

Reading the Bible: Feast or Snack?

We all have our favorite Bible verses.

“'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

A Review of Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

There are books that seem to appear in one’s life when they are most needed. So it was with Word by Word by Marilyn McEntyre. In the midst of packing up boxes for a move across state lines, my reading McEntyre’s thoughtful devotional served as a little lifeline of peace and profundity in the midst of the chaos that accompanies ending a chapter of life and beginning anew.

Ode to Curiosity

Curiosity has a bad reputation. It is certainly not one of the generally accepted Christian virtues, and that is a shame. Curiosity takes us deeper in our faith and in life. Long live curiosity, and God bless the curious!

The Utmost of Oswald Chambers

At a recent church board meeting, our head elder, Paul Dybdahl, opened with the shortest devotional ever. Picking up Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, he read the first line of the day’s entry: “Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work”[1] That’s all. That was enough to send me rummaging through my shelves to find my copy of the book. It appears on every list of spiritual classics for a reason. I knew I had it somewhere, but I had not given it more than a cursory glance.

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