The Ministry of “Reconciliation”

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18-19, NIV, emphasis added) This, then, is how…

Connecting with a Culture in Crisis

In my pre-teen years, I often handed over my pittance of a weekly allowance to the cashier at the local hobby supply store. Completing enough chores that week meant I could make it out of the store with a model plane kit and few small bottles of Testors Paint before the money ran out. The…

Understanding Sin’s “Wage”

“For the wages of sin….” (Rom. 6:23, NIV) Romans 6:23 is another verse commonly used in church evangelism. But to really grasp its full objectivity, we need to expand this scripture to its logical conclusion, adding the words that are not evident but assumed. From an employee/employer context, this passage isn’t simply referring to the…

Faith, Frodo and Popcorn

Have you ever been in a dire situation or circumstance in your life in which prayer appeared to be the only solution? I know for myself, there have been many situations that have seemed insurmountable, and I anxiously cried out to God to free me of my distress. Though God always eventually answers, there are…