II Samuel 1

The books of I and II Samuel tell the stories of three men who rule over Israel: Samuel (the last judge of Israel), Saul (the first king of Israel), and David (the second and greatest king of Israel).  The largest parts of both books are devoted to David (interestingly, the namesake of the books is […]

Galatians 1:1-5

Galatians is considered by most to be Paul’s first epistle.  It is likely written to churches he started on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14).  The letter seems to be a response to disturbing reports about new teaching that has infiltrated the churches in Paul’s absence and misled the new converts. False teachers have told […]

Malachi 4:4-6

What would you say to someone you were not going to talk to again for four centuries?  What final words of wisdom would you leave with them?  After six condemnations of Israel, God ends the message of Malachi with a charge and a promise.  He commands the people to remember the law – the very […]

The Seven Best and Five Worst Books I Read in 2019

On Christmas Eve we had some friends over and something was said about hobbies.  My son and daughter were in the conversation and my son said, “Dad doesn’t have any hobbies.”  He didn’t say this dismissively or critically, he just said what he perceived to be fact.  It’s actually what I would’ve said about me […]

A Plea for Sanity in a Hallmark World

I dream of a place.  A simple place filled with happiness and warmth.  A place where husbands get a chance to decide what’s on TV during the Christmas season.  In this place husbands don’t monopolize the television, they just occasionally watch something other than movies with repeat plots about finding love and the true meaning […]

Malachi 3:13-4:3

It makes sense that a people who do not care about honoring God with their sacrifices and tithes do not think much about coming judgment.  It also makes sense that people who treat worship as an afterthought and have a low view of God do not understand that justice delayed is not justice in doubt.  […]

Physics Poem

The title got you, didn’t it?  Who doesn’t want to read a composition called “Physics Poem”, eh?  First the background: My daughter – a junior in high school – came home from school recently and said she had an assignment from her Physics class to write a poem.  After asking her to repeat what she […]