A Smirk in Cana

You know the story: the first and only mention of Jesus celebrating with friends and family at a wedding. But, with time left in the festivities, “The wine gave out” (John 2:3).  The small village of Cana consisted of a few dozen houses on a terraced hillside. Located off the footpath connecting Nazareth and Capernaum, Cana was an agricultural settlement in Galilee. …

The Puzzle Parable

It was the first day of class, and a handful of preschool students filled the classroom with laughter and excitement. Despite the abundant learning resources in every corner, most students were more interested in entertainment than in education. The instructor realized the immaturity of the children and that this lesson would involve a lifetime.  The teacher, wise and experienced, knew …

The Life Law

  From God’s viewpoint, there were only two tablets worth of laws. Since He wrote them Himself, He must have had in mind how much stone it would take.   But, when the Pharisees’s came along, they decided the law needed more detail. In fact, they added pages and pages of interpretation. People like that really annoy me. What about you?   Yet, the Apostle James said …

Ponderings on Halloween

It was our first Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Everything took us by surprise. The incense, the fireworks, the cleansing of homes, businesses, and cemeteries.   But, most interesting were the banners across every outer door. Calligraphed on strips of red paper, these rhythmic blessings were affixed in triplicate — one over the door frame, and one on each side.   …

Awakening From a Spiritual Winter

  Spring. A time of daffodils, crocus and tulips. Vibrant with color and bursting with life.   But, I’ve discovered that bulbs aren’t the only things that bloom in spring.   Weeds are also popping their unwelcome sprouts out of the ground.   At first, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. Both are a tiny, green blade. …