How Can This Be?

Scripture readings for today Renaissance artists paint the Annunciation as a heavenly scene; but there’s a very human underside to Mary’s plea, “How can this be?” A poor, unmarried woman finds herself pregnant. The woman is fearful at first. The boyfriend wavers...

Casting Out the Power of Evil

Scripture readings for today In the town where I was born, the local high school’s mascot was the Demons. As a young kid, I remember driving past the school and seeing a huge demon face on the side of the building, complete with glowing red eyes. The design was...

The Cure for Heart Disease

Scripture readings for today Heart disease is a top killer in America. It’s probably not just America. I’m guessing that diseased hearts are just as deadly in countries where skinny people eat lots of rice and fish. I’m not talking about the kind of...

Bury Your Hopelessness in the Tomb

Scripture readings for April 10 Hope springs eternal. But sometimes it can wear thin. Take, for example, that wrinkled, childless centenarian Abram, whose name means “exalted father.” Imagine his wan smile when, still childless, God changed his name to Abraham, which...

Love Is All We Need

Scripture Readings for March 28 “They were worshipping idols again?” my young daughter asked. “What’s wrong with them?!” We have been reading through the Old Testament stories of the Hebrew people. In our children’s Bible, there is a pronounced pattern of idol...