Without a Wound? [True Ministry]

The subject of “the pool at Bethesda” alludes to the following excerpt from the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters.” The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4, but it changes the end of the parable. I first encountered this excerpt within the book “Abba’s Child: The Cry of the HeartContinue reading “Without a Wound? [True Ministry]”

Blood in the Water

It’s a fact. Biologists tell us that sharks can smell blood from 2-3 miles away. They follow their noses to the place where they sense it. They have an ‘attack mechanism’ to anything that is vulnerable. Blood acts as a trigger inside their brains. Occasionally dozens of sharks attack in a feeding frenzy that isContinue reading “Blood in the Water”

The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]

  “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!    Tell others he has redeemed you from your       enemies.   For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,       from east and west,       from north and south.  Some wandered in the wilderness,       lost and homeless.  Hungry and thirsty,       they nearly died.  “Lord, help!”Continue reading “The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]”

Some Christmas Advice

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year.  I grew up in the northern part of Wisconsin, and my most valuable and tenderest recollections are my Christmases.  I was raised in a Norwegian Lutheran church, (Think: Lutefisk.). Many memories flow from that; the cold, the snow and the tree and the presents.  I have been made a ‘rich’Continue reading “Some Christmas Advice”