The approach of summer vacation, that wonderful three-month break from school, was always so exciting. We looked forward to extended play with friends, the swimming pool, family trips, camping.
Tomorrow marks my final video devotion for the local Christian school. It got me to thinking about what entering summer break might be like for them. The swimming pool may be closed for a while. They may not be able to play with some of their friends. Little League and soccer could be canceled. Vacations and family trips may be postponed.
So, I wanted to provide the kids with some things they could do even with some COVID precautions in place—and things to keep them thinking and learning about Jesus.
This devotion walks through Psalm 19. We learn how to see God’s glory by looking at the sky, at the Bible, at ourselves, and at Jesus.
Did God really say…?
The serpent spoke those words to the women in the Garden of Eden. I’m finding the question described as the voice of the serpent in so many conversations today. I see proper, honest inquiries—the kind that astute theologians pose to understand scripture and draw precise theological conclusions—flippantly dismissed as “bad questions.” Those asking receive condemnation as those grasping for what they ought not to have, just like Eve. It’s an unfortunate, lazy, and deceptive means of silencing dissenters, and has no place in the Christian community.* Continue reading ““Did God really say…?” That’s a Great Question!”
“‘Our criminals need justice’ is a bottom-feeder mentality.” So stated Candace Owens in her now-deleted tweeted. Thought she deleted it (without comment), that sentiment is, unfortunately, all too common.
We hear it in those jokes about “prison justice” when someone assures us that a rapist or child-molester will “get justice” in the form of rape, beatings, or murder at the hands of other inmates. We heard it when a fellow inmate murdered Jeffery Dahmer.
But Candance Owens is wrong. “Our criminals need justice” is not a “bottom-feeder mentality.” It’s a biblical mentality and mandate. Continue reading ““Our Criminals Need Justice” is Not a “Bottom-Feeder Mentality””
I love the book of Ruth. Ruth and Naomi are two of my favorite characters throughout scripture. Continue reading “Ruth, Kids, and Jesus”