Category - Exploring God through Community

חסד in Ruth

Introduction Undercurrents ripple through the narrative of Ruth.  The author, in contrast with the majority of the canon, has created a work which uses literary form and technique, rather than direct communication...

Character Development in Paul’s Shipwreck Saga

Introduction Seemingly out of place among the narrative in Acts, the saga of the shipwreck on the journey to Rome stands alone in its intention.  A scene by scene journey illuminates not only the characterization...

The Evolution of “My People” in Amos

INTRODUCTION What exactly is understood by the term, “My people”, a label often used by God to refer to the Israelites.  As the book of Deuteronomy dictates, it is a community in which is privilege and...

The Nominal Christian

In a recent conversation, I realized that in India, the label of “nominal” Christian is very different than what I understood growing up in the US. In India, people are religious almost as an ethnicity...

Understanding the Character of God in Judges

Introduction Threaded through the cycles of Judges is the underlying character of God. Stitched with various literary techniques, three of God’s character traits rise to the surface: His desire for partnership...

Are our health problems caused by our own sin?

The Black Paint of Sin The Fall, that ill-fated action which changed the fate of man, had such a profound impact that none can fathom the extent of the repercussions that have befallen creation nor envision the ideal...

The pull of a conscience

What is it that makes us want to follow God?  In most circles, we call it a conscience.  Conscience though is probably the wrong word association.  For most of us, our conscience is what tells us that we...

No other gods before me.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. When we read this commandment, we think of all the man made idols that exist in other religions. We think of the giant, gold statue that Nebuchadnezzar erected and forced the...

When doing good isn’t good enough?

Now that I’m quitting my job to see if I can actually discover God’s will for my life, I find myself confronted by so many people who are wondering why I am leaving.  I try to explain to them that I...

Why do miracles seem to happen only in remote places?

We read about miracle healings in Natural Geographic magazines, missionary stories, and other articles from remote corners of the world.  Why do we not hear about them in what we would consider more civilized or...

Now What?

Three and a half years ago, I decided that I needed to seek some shape or form of truth in which I could believe in.  In some truth in which much of the world made sense.  Having spent my early life as a...

Is Business Acceptable Within Christian Ethics?

Introduction In today’s business community, politically correct catch phrases such as “corporate social responsibility”, “transparency”, and even “integrity” are being tossed...

The Price was paid. What about the Cost?

Every good Christian knows the price of what was paid on the cross.  Mel Gibson showed us the physical aspects in detail.  We’ve heard numerous hymns that talk about the price that was paid for us...

What’s missing in education?

Education is supposed to prepare individuals for life.  Originally, education was about learning to read and write.  It was about providing the basic skills that are needed to advance ourselves in the world...

Happiness in the Garden of Eden

When we think of the Garden of Eden, we think of perfect contentment, peace of mind, and complete happiness.  But what was really in the garden that gives such peace?  From what we know, just a bunch of...

“We believe…” versus “We understand…”

In this article, it appears that Americans are losing their resolve to believe in their faith. The quote from the professor below shows that he feels that Americans are becoming very “shallow” in terms of...

Divergenism

BRHM.  In India, you might pronounce this Barahama (Brahma).  In the West, you might pronounce this Braham (Abraham).  It’s a pretty amazing coincidence that my uncle, a devout Christian, introduced...

Observation…Interpretation…Application

Church today was pretty good.  We had a brief tutorial on how to read and study the Bible presented by Paul, the President of HBI.  I really enjoy the way he structures his presentations because he sounds less...

Selfless Service

“You have control over doing your respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your motive, and you should never be inactive. ” – 2:47 Bhagavad-Gita...

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