King me!

King me!

If you have ever played Checkers, then you’ve probably been frustrated by the limited movement of the stones (the pieces). The stones move in one direction. They cannot move to the left or to the right, nor can they turn back. Their only option is straight across the...
BC18: Revisited

BC18: Revisited

True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really...
The Glorious Engrained in the Small

The Glorious Engrained in the Small

May I introduce you to Methuselah? Methuselah, the Judean date palm tree? He’s only thirteen years old. The thing is: we thought he didn’t exist. We thought he was extinct. I love this title of an article about Methuselah: “Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds...
The Price of the Pearl

The Price of the Pearl

Not so long ago I wrapped up my devotional reading in the book of Judges. The story of the Judges is preceded by a 400-year span of amazing leadership—Moses, this incredible servant-prophet of God. Then the baton is passed to Joshua, who leads Israel into the Promised...
The Day of the Dragnet

The Day of the Dragnet

Much of the material in the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 revolves around farming. But the last parable references fishing, instead. However, it is not the fishing reference that we are accustomed to. In Matthew 4:18 we read, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of...