There Was No Room

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7

Mary and Joseph had traveled about 70 miles from their hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem for the very untimely census – untimely because Mary was very pregnant.

She wasn’t at the (more…)

Are You Ready to Stand for Jesus?

For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. – Luke 9:26

Last week nine people died at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. They did not die because of gun laws. They didn’t even die (more…)

Why I Do Short-Term Missions

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you, to the very end of this age. – Matthew 28:19-20

Short-term missions have come under fire, partly for good reason. Sometimes short-term missionaries cause more (more…)

Your Guide to Surviving Family Dysfunction over the Holidays

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means tables filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Oh, and let’s not forget heaping sides of criticism, cattiness and unresolved conflict. Hail, hail; the dysfunctional gang’s all here!

I know what it is to be haunted by the Ghost of Holidays Past. I’ve washed down my Thanksgiving turkey with salty tears. I’ve (more…)