Tag Archive | compassion

Pentecost Sunday Invites You to Love!

Pentecost Sunday Invites You to Love!

This coming Sunday many churches will be celebrating the Day of Pentecost as reported in the Christian New Testament in Acts 2:1-21. On this day, originally a Jewish holiday celebrating harvest time, the Holy Spirit whom Jesus promised, came to his disciples in the Upper Room as they were together waiting for that promise to […]

Political Defeat as an Opportunity

Political Defeat as an Opportunity

I think I’ve done pretty good not commenting on politics this election season (either original posts or on others’ posts) like I have in past presidential elections. But while I’ve been relatively silent, I’ve been amazed at the wide range of feelings I’ve seen in my FB feed from both sides of the political and […]

Are You a Good Neighbor?

The gospel reading for this past Sunday [July 14, 2013] was Luke 10:25-37 where a lawyer inquires of Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your […]

Service Member Honored by Act of Compassion at Nazarene General Assembly

OK, I’m not certain that this was a service member, but based on the picture and the fact that he said he has PTSD, it is a reasonable assumption. As an Army Chaplain, my heart goes out to those who are surviving and recovering from over a decade of persistant conflict.  Most people who are […]

She may be in Hell because of me . . .

She may be in Hell because of me . . .

Whenever I think of her, I nearly always see her looking at me through the blazing flames of Hell.  She isn’t saying anything but in her eyes I see her question, “Why didn’t you tell me?” While I was attending Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs Colorado, I had the opportunity to work as a […]

Are We Responsible for Another Person’s Choices?

Are We Responsible for Another Person’s Choices?

The Australian DJs who pranked the hospital where British royal, Kate Middleton, was being treated have reportedly lost their jobs, or at least have had their show suspended.  While the prank itself, received much publicity and air-play, Jacintha Saldanha, the  nurse who the DJs convinced they were the Queen and Prince Charles, has apparently committed […]

Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story

Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story

This is a touching story of Christianity in action during and after the Civil War: (Reblogged from Juicy Ecumenism) Post Thanksgiving Hike and a Touching Methodist Civil War Story by Mark Tooley, President of IRD There’s no better place for a post Thanksgiving hike than Bull Run Battlefield in Virginia 30 miles outside Washington, DC. Although […]

Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Jangadam Afghanistan

Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Jangadam Afghanistan

It was an international activity as we convoyed about thirty minutes “outside the wire” to a nearby village in Afghanistan in December 2006. Our team was made up of Soldiers from my unit, the 25th Signal Battalion, as well as Soldiers from Base Operations (BASOPS) on Bagram Airbase. We were accompanied by 2 Polish gunners and met up with Soldiers from […]

Election Results and the Church

Election Results and the Church

The commentators and pundits are still trying to explain what happened Tuesday (I’ve yet to listen to any of them!).  About half of Americans are celebrating while the other half are discouraged.  Some feel like things are hopeless for America and that we are doomed, while others feel that President Obama will lead America to […]

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

(This is a message I preached at Lebanon, Missouri Church of the Nazarene on October 21, 2012.  A small portion of this message previously appeared in this blog as “What is Good News to the Poor,” though this is now the complete message.  I have tweaked it a bit for better reading and added a […]