But, . . . Build on the Rock

Two men, the number is both important and irrelevant.  It is important because there had to be two, one would not have been enough.  It’s irrelevant because those two men represent every human being who has ever lived.  Two men, the number is both important and irrelevant. The story is a familiar one to those…

Chapter 19

Where were the people coming from?  It was another one of those days; it started off when the twelve of us got back from our trips.  We were clamouring to tell Jesus all about what happened, and people were gathering around him as they always seemed to be doing, so he said.  “Simon, let’s get…

Fear Not But. . .

What are you afraid of? What sends shivers down your spine or keeps you up at night? Marie Curie wrote, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Perhaps if she had of feared radiation a little…

Everywhere to Everywhere

Last week I went to the uttermost parts of the world, or maybe I just met them halfway. I was a representative from the Atlantic district and a guest at the International Conference of the Wesleyan Church, held in Bridgetown Barbados. During that time, I dined with pastors from Myanmar, Poland, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Cambodia and…

Chapter 18

The group following Jesus seemed to grow every day, some he called, and others just seemed to join the party.  And as exciting as the growth was, it was starting to get a little unmanageable. Everywhere we went it was like a parade, with people following Jesus, pushing and pulling to get closer.  There were…

Citizen who?

Last week I reached out to a distant relative in Estonia.  I had never met Mihkel before, but apparently we share DNA.  Thankfully, he is fluent in English because my Estonian is a little rusty.  By rusty, I mean non-existent.  I have been looking for information on my Great Grandfather who left Estonia in 1917…

Chapter 17

We had just entered the synagogue for Sabbath worship when Jesus saw him.  I hadn’t even noticed him, but that was probably what he was hoping for, that nobody would notice him. He was standing off to one side, head down and his left hand hidden beneath his robe.  His appearance and attitude told people…

But, Fear Not

I don’t know if there is a worse taunt when you are a kid than being called a scaredy cat.  Having my friends think I was afraid to do something was a major embarrassment for me as a child and probably got me into more trouble and has caused me to shed more blood than…

Chapter 16

The next day the new guy invited all of us to his place for lunch.  My first reaction was to refuse, but who can turn down a free lunch?  And besides, last night, when I told Esther what had happened, she insisted that I give Matthew a chance.  Not that I do everything thing Esther…

Really?

I was thinking about an article I read a while back about a man in Kansas City, Kansas by the name of Wesley Fitzpatrick. It seemed that Fitzpatrick applied for a temporary restraining order against a female whom he said was stalking him.  Fitzpatrick claimed that she was making him “scared and depressed and in…