An Unexpected Announcement – Luke 2:8-20

Have you ever been caught off guard by an announcement from a family member or friend regarding an unplanned pregnancy? Maybe the mother-to-be has long struggled to have kids. Maybe she and the father aren't married. Maybe you didn't even know she was seeing someone. Whatever the case might be,…

I Am Not the Enemy – Gal. 2:1-10

We Christians are a strange lot. We are supposed to be very different than the world. In many respects we are, but in others, we aren't. For example, consider how we think of people with whom we disagree. It's natural for us to consider them the opposition; almost the enemy…

A Tyrant’s Conversion – Gal. 1:13-24

Last week's study served as an introduction to the book of Galatians. As a reminder, the book is actually a letter written by Paul to the churches in Galatia. It was written to counter the false doctrines that had crept into Galatia by way of Jews who were teaching Gentile…

Only God Is True – Gal. 1:1-12

Today we begin the book of Galatians. It's pretty short book – just 6 chapters – so we'll get through it in probably 6-8 weeks. I also plan to take a break in a couple of weeks do a special Bible study for Christmas. To get things started today, we'll…

Is Christian Patriotism Scripturally Justifiable?

NOTE: This piece was originally written some 13 years ago during the Obama administration. At the time, I was pastoring a small church in upstate NY. This particular topic was a hot one throughout Christianity and I was asked by several of our church members to address it. Despite being…

The Moral of the Story – Eccl. Chpt. 12

Every good story has lessons to teach. Even stories written purely for entertainment still offer lessons – sometimes obvious, other times hidden. Yet they are there to be learned. That's why we have that common English idiom that speaks about the proverbial 'moral of the story.' Such is the case…

Paralyzed By Possibilities – Eccl. Chpt. 11

We have reached a point in Ecclesiastes where Solomon is trying to make sense of what he has learned, for the benefit of the reader. He is trying to summarize and offer a 'moral to the story' as it were. We saw the beginnings of that in chpt. 9, as…

Fools Ruin Everything – Eccl. Chpt. 10

  Scripture says that, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." ( Prov. 22:15). I suspect that a lot of parents haven't utilized the rod of correction over the last several generations because I see fools everywhere.…

Just Passing Through – Eccl. Chpt. 9

There is an old hymn that says, "This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue." Its main thrust is that of not getting too attached to this world because life here is not permanent. It is only temporary. The…

Life in an Evil World – Eccl. 8

  The world can seem like a pretty depraved place at times. In fact, some days it seems like there is no end to the evil. But how do we react to that? How do we Christians live in a world that is so evil and corrupt? We constantly have…