How to sense the spiritual aspects of life Last week a team came to inspect the homeless and geriatric programs at our hospital. After an outbrief, two team members, one older white woman and one middle aged African American woman, came into my office. They admired my models of the War of 1812 frigate USS… Read More Can You Feel It? Sensing the Spiritual in Life
Gratitude is one of the keys to a happy life, but it must be practiced. Right teaching, self-sacrifice, and hardship in life often contribute to building gratitude. For most of my medical career, I have cared for military members, past and present. Many were impressive. One patient in Schweinfurt, Germany in the late 1990s had… Read More Practicing Gratitude
Shepherds have uniquely valuable insights into this most beloved of Bible passages. It was almost Christmas as my young family and I left for church from our town house in Bad Kissingen, Germany, a few miles north of Schweinfurt. A middle-aged German couple lived next door, and one day I asked the wife if they… Read More A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
The resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter morning was physical, not just spiritual. Likewise, Christians do not live eternally as disembodied spirits, we will have perfect physical bodies. During our recent trip to Athens, Anna and I wanted to see some of the key Greek places mentioned in the Bible. Philippi and Thessalonica were too… Read More Adventures in Athens – A Bodily Resurrection
How we treat others matters far more, to the individual and to everyone around, than we can possibly imagine. My daughter Anna is getting married in June, so she and I traveled to Greece this past week to adventure together one more time. It has been a marvelous week; we have enjoyed the place and… Read More Adventures in Athens – How We Treat Others
Words are not enough to encompass life. To experience the universe only through words is to miss life itself, and fail to enter the kingdom of Heaven I was waiting for a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last weekend, and doing what I often do at airports…watching people. Thousands walked by, from flight crews with… Read More Words Limited
Isaiah describes the “marriage” between God and His people. Christians can learn much for our marriages as well. My youngest daughter was fighting a virus that sapped her strength and made her miserable. Good movies brighten her mood, and soon we were enjoying the six-hour British Broadcasting Company (BBC) version of Pride and Prejudice. Based… Read More A Land Called Married
A Christian view on how and where we find and build our identity. “To be a Turk is to be a Muslim” our Turkish tour guide announced during our tour of the Seven Churches in Revelation. I asked him why he believed that, and he replied that since Allah made him a Turk, clearly Allah… Read More Whence Identity?
No one’s birth is an accident. The hand of the Sovereign God governs all. A recent op-ed bemoaned Brexit and the state of the British government. The English author opined that the prime minister was weak, Parliament was fractious, and once respected democratic institutions were losing public trust. Against this gloomy backdrop, one which has… Read More Accident of Birth?
Every society includes the good, the bad, and the complacent. Isaiah shows us what to be, and how. A small, fractious, religiously dominated country was paying tribute to a rich empire with an advanced military. In a fit of hubris, the oppressed people stopped sending their wagonloads of gold, hoping that a neighboring nation would… Read More The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent