The Idiot

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2b In his book, The Idiot, Fydor Dostoevsky asks a compelling question, “What would it look like for a truly good person to step into our world today?” Or, to put it more in…

At Rest

This past month has been more than a little unusual for me. It is not just the surgery – I have experienced surgery and have felt pain and navigated crutches before. And it is not just the time away – I have had breaks of similar length over the years. Instead, it is the pace…

Floods and Fires

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 I’ve been thinking a lot about these words recently.  I hadn’t…

Thinking of You and God Together

“I asked him, sir – ‘Shall I tell him you are praying for him?’ and he said, ‘No. I am not exactly praying for him, but I am thinking of him and God together.’” Prayer is something of a mystery to each of us.  It is not so much a mystery like who built Stonehenge…

ADVENT IV: PRINCE OF PEACE

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the governments will be upon his shoulders, And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting…

Advent III – Everlasting Father

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, For to us a child is born, to us a son is givenand the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah…

Advent II: Mighty God

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…

Advent I: Wonderful Counselor

“For to us a child is born, In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…

Hope in an age of Hopelessness

“In a world bereft of meaning, there’s no point in pretending to be hopeful.” This is the title of a recent essay penned by Canadian author and cultural commentator John Semley. It is a wide ranging essay that tries to connect the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot, Gritty, and internet memes and motivational sayings printed on…

Broadway-First Baptist Church Remembers

To see World War I Memorials, click this link  WW1 Memorials To see World War II Memorials, click this link WW2 Memorial Today is November 11. Today is Remembrance Day – the day that marks the end of the First World War almost exactly 100 years ago to the hour. As you look around, you have probably…