Let Freedom Ring

The students in a fifth-grade class in American History were given an examination. Among the questions to be answered was the following: The Declaration of Independence was written chiefly by_______(fill …

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Hang Loose!

Fashions in language come and go. But it’s likely that one lasting contribution from the fashions of recent years will turn out to be the expression “uptight.” Uptight people are …

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Let It Shine

Someone has suggested that “God created people because God loves stories.”1 I think the following story is likely to meet with God’s approval: Two men called on a pious, old …

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A clergyman and popular writer tells the story of the first funderal service he conducted: It left a bad taste in my mouth. First year in the ministry, twenty-four-years-old. No …

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Who Am I?

There is a “Peanuts” comic strip in which Linus very candidly admits to his good pal Charlie Brown, “I don’t like to face problems head on. I think the best …

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The Biblical concept of a “Chosen People of God” is a major theme running through the history of the United States. The Pilgrims were Bible-loving, Bible-centered, Bible-reading people. They took …

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Revenge Is Sour

Long before Jesus’ coming, ancient peoples had been using the skins of animals as liquid containers. In Palestine these containers usually were made from goat skin. The skin was stripped …

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Who, Me?

A veteran seminary professor has painted a composite picture of all the “rules” followed by the people he has observed and counseled who seem devoted to the task of making …

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