Christian Odyssey - Articles Arranged by Date
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In this issue:
- Just Between Us Editorial, by Rick Shallenberger.
- Jesus' Acceptance (Part 2), by Gary Deddo.
- "We Don’t Trust You", by Rick Shallenberger.
- How Beethoven Helped Me Understand the Bible, by John Halford.
- Trust & Transformation, by Nan Kuhlman.
- The Golden Rule, or Jesus’ Rule?, by Carrie Smith
- Tammy’s Turn: Jesus Went With Him, by Tammy Tkach.
- From the Field: The Power of Ministering in Pairs, by Greg Williams.
- You Poor Old Thing, You, by Jonathan Buck.
- What Happens in Heaven…, by Sue Berger.
- Financial Coach: The Way to Financial Freedom, by Craig Kuhlman.
- Living in Community with God: God’s Relationship With His People in The Prophets, by Michael Morrison.
- Thinking Out Loud: From My Heart to Yours, by Barbara Dahlgren.
On Mission with God
In this issue:
- Just Between Us Editorial, by Rick Shallenberger.
- Jesus' Acceptance, by Gary Deddo. We are lost and need to be found.
- Being Missional, by Steve Solari. A story about crossing boundaries and reaching out.
- Joe Sharpening Tim Sharpening Joe, by Tim Poe. How my friendship turned into mission, which deepened the friendship.
- Love Others: Mission Impossible?, by Nan Kuhlman. It's not always about our motives.
- Tammy's Turn: Releasing God's Power Through Prayer, by Tammy Tkach. What we believe about prayer says a lot about who we think God is.
- From the Field: A Conversation on a Plane Flight, by Greg Williams. Mission on a plane.
- Overcoming the Darkness, by Linda Rex. Being on a mission is sharing the light God has given to us in Jesus.
- Serving Our Servers Through Prayer, by Carrie Smith. Being missional at a restaurant.
- Financial Coach: Financials - The Way to Financial Freedom, by Craig Kuhlman.
- Living in Community with God: God’s Relationship with His People in The Psalms, by Michael Morrison.
- Thinking Out Loud: Mission/Purpose, by Barbara Dahlgren. We are all capable of living out of mission.
Young Christians - Making a Difference!
In this issue:
- Just Between Us Editorial,
by Rick Shallenberger.
- Making a Difference!,
We asked several young adults what “making a difference” means to them.
- Tammy’s Turn: Let Someone Else Do It,
by Tammy Tkach. Let’s stop looking around for someone else and do what needs to be done.
- Dealing with Adversity,
by Gatlin Williams. Adversity through the eyes of a Christian football player.
- My Call to Youth Ministry,
by Xiara Lee. The Reality of Youth Ministry is Different Than I Thought, But Just as Meaningful.
- “I See Jesus in You”, by Jessica Morgan. When we love him, worship him, and share his life with others, everyone wins.
- From the Field: Words of Life at a Young Age, by Greg Williams. The Impact of Encouraging Words Can Last a Lifetime.
- Finding My Freedom, by Mychelle Fleming. "A life surrendered to God opens up to the freedom for the life God created us to live."
- Meet James Egbert, by Carrie Smith. Making a Difference in the Music Industry.
- Living in Community with God: God’s Relationship with His People in The Books of History (Joshua-Esther),
by Michael Morrison.
- Financial Corner: From Balance to Balance Sheets, by Craig Kuhlman.
- Thinking Out Loud: Bridging the Gap, by Barbara Dahlgren. Sharing Our Strengths From One Generation to Another.
Christian Worldview - Seeing others through God's eyes
In this issue:
- Just Between Us Editorial,
by Rick Shallenberger.
- The Funeral Pyres of Kathmandu,
by Rod Matthews.
- From Comfort to Relationship,
by Fraser Henderson.
- When “No, Thank You” Is Rude,
by Carrie Smith.
- Tammy’s Turn: The Favor of the King,
by Tammy Tkach.
- Singled Out, by Linda Rex.
- My New Mission Field, by Lynne Botha.
- Financial Corner: Balance – "THE" Financial Worldview, by Craig Kuhlman.
- From the Field: How to Reach a Younger Generation, by Greg Williams.
- Participation in Three Simple Steps,
by Anthony Mullins.
- Living in Community with God: The Story of God’s Relationship
with His People In the Books of Moses, by Michael Morrison.
- Thinking Out Loud: My World, by Barbara Dahlgren.
Christian Odyssey: Chosen for Adoption
In this issue:
- Just Between Us Editorial, by Rick Shallenberger. We are predestined to be in relationship with God.
- Our Adoption Story, by Diane Frantz. Adopting three sisters from Ethiopia was a lot more work than we ever imagined.
- Adoption: A Forgetting & A Remembering, by Nan Kuhlman. Forgetting what separates us and remembering what is truly important.
- Adopted: Specially Chosen, by Tim Poe. Finding peace where there was no peace: the search for his birth mother.
- More Than A Free Meal, by Linda Rex. Food isn't enough, the goal is to build relationship.
- Tammy's Turn: Lopsided Grace, by Tammy Tkach. It's a good thing God doesn't use scales of justice.
- Chosen for Internship Relationship, by Carrie Smith. Hired to be an intern, chosen to build relationships.
- My Most Unforgettable Senior, by Neil Earle. Learning valuable lessons from "adopting" a senior citizen.
- From the Field: The Good Samaritan Revealed, by Greg Williams. What role would you play in the Parable of the Good Samaritan?
- Experiencing Spiritual Direction, by Dustin Lampe. The Christian walk is both a roller coaster and a lazy river.
- Hungry for More?, by Larry Hinkle. You are blessed when you work up a good appetite for God. Introducing spiritual formation.
- Thinking Out Loud: Rejection, by Barbara Dalgren. God created us for acceptance, not rejection.
Christian Odyssey: What Happens When We Die?
In this issue:
- What Rings Your Bell? Editorial, by John Halford. Do old resentments occasionally get the best of you?
- What Happens When We Die?, by John Halford. Death is a frontier that we rightly fear to approach, let alone cross.
- Radical Love, by Rick Shallenberger. God's love is unbelievable, it's preposterous, it's profound, it's radical.
- I've Been Taken; I've Been Rescued, by Tim Shipman. Our heavenly Father stopped at nothing to rescue us from our darkness.
- Do We Teach Universalism?, by Joseph Tkach. There are distinct differences between universalism and Trinitarian theology.
- Thinking Out Loud: Agreeing to Disagree, by Barbara Dahlgren. We can learn a lot from the story of Paul and Barnabas.
- Scripture: God's Gift – Part 2, by Gary Deddo. The purpose of the written word is to direct us to the Living Word.
- Live to Save, by James Henderson. Do you ever wonder how God intervenes in our lives?
- Tammy's Turn: Grace to Be Who You Are, by Tammy Tkach. God's grace gives us room to be who we are.
- Bible Study: Can You Believe It?, by Michael Morrison. A Study of John 20:18-29
- Hmm… Spring 2013
Winter 2012 - 2013
Christian Odyssey: Scripture - God's Gift
In this issue:
- Here Be Dragons Editorial, by John Halford. The Bible can seem strange to someone who approaches it from a different background.
- Scripture: God's Gift, by Gary Deddo. Scripture is essential to the Christian faith. What's behind our understanding of it?
- Thinking Out Loud: If I Were God, by Barbara Dahlgren. Only he knows...
- Angry At God?, by Marikay Ross. Who could be angry at God? I’m not angry at God. Think again...
- The Parable of the Ugly Cat, by John Halford. I was not particularly happy when Ugly Cat limped into my life.
- Four Kinds of Nothingness, by Joseph Tkach. "Why is there something instead of nothing?"
- Strip These Words From Your Communication, by Beverly Caruso. It's the phrases “you always,” and “you never” that clang so loudly.
- Missing In Action... Good News?, by Rick Shallenberger. What happened to the good news? Did it get lost in the clamor?
- Bible Study: Good People Needed, by Michael Morrison. A study of 1 Timothy 3.
- The Greeks Had a Word for It, by Michael Morrison. The word episkopos.
- Oh Come, All Ye Wasteful, by Tammy Tkach. I really did see “Oh Come, All Ye Wasteful” on a store window!
- Hmm... Winter 2012-2013
September - November 2012
Christian Odyssey: Going Online
In this issue:
- Going away or going our way? Editorial, by John Halford. There’s no need to go away. Come our way and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- Going Online, by John Halford. Making the move to digital isn’t nearly as daunting as you might think.
- A Lesson From Laundry, by Tammy Tkach. We take special care of our clothes, but we sometimes forget people need the same consideration.
- A Sign Forever,
by Gary Deddo. Signs are important. We could hardly get along with out
them. The bible shows the God of Israel often used signs.
- Combating Atheism,
by Dr. Joseph Tkach. Just because we cannot give clear material proof
that God exists, does not mean atheists have won the argument.
- The Clumsy Dance Pose, by Shiela Miller. Striving for perfection is hard work day after day. We can’t possibly measure up.
- Remembering God, by Barbara Dahlgren. God remembers me even when I forget Him (Isaiah 49:15-16).
- An Unexpected Lesson, by Lee Berger. My wife, Sue, and I recently learned an unexpected lesson from an unexpected source.
- Introducing Grace Communion Seminary, interview with seminary President, Russell Duke. Now nationally accredited.
- Beyond Technology,
by Rick Shallenberger. You don’t need all the latest and greatest
gimmicks to give a sermon, but there is one element you can’t forget.
- Bible Study: The Law Used Properly, by Michael Morrison. A Study of 1 Timothy 1:3-11
- Hmm... September - November 2012
June - August 2012
Christian Odyssey: Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth
In this issue:
- Going On-Line Editorial, by John Halford. The next issue of Christian Odyssey will be the last one we produce as a
printed magazine. After that, we will continue with an on-line edition.
- Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth, by Joseph Tkach. Worship is
so much more than just what style of music you choose, or what gizmos you hook
up to go along with it.
- Changed Lives, by Barbra Dahlgren. My husband and I were once privileged to share a meal with Jaime Escalante.
- God Lives Under the Bed, by Kelly Adkins. I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his
- Popcorn and God, by Tammy Tkach. Only someone who loves people could have come up with all
the foods that make life enjoyable.
- Waters of Life, by Tim Maguire. Sometimes we forget what a blessing it is to be able to turn
on a faucet and have fresh, clean, cool water gush out.
- Where Do You Scratch the Cat Box? by Shiela Miller. Thanks be to God who
loves us that he’s made provision for our own messes to be cleansed once and
- Just Do Your Part, by Sarah Strub. “All I have to do is my part,” I thought. “God will do the
- Say It Loud, Say It Clear, by Jeffery Broadnax, It’s time to listen to each other, run with each other and cheer each other on.
- The Power of Affirmation, by Rick Shallenberger. As ambassadors of Christ and ministers of reconciliation, I
believe we are called to speak words of life to each other.
- Bible Study: God Wants All to Be Saved, by Michael Morrison. A Study of 1 Timothy 2:1-7
- Hmm... June - August 2012
April - May 2012
Christian Odyssey: The Empty Tomb
In this issue:
- Anyone for Lemonade? Editorial, by John Halford. Can we learn some positive lessons from the error we published in the February-March issue?
- The Empty Tomb --
What's in It for You? by Joseph Tkach and John Halford. Jesus was not
in the tomb, and the space was filled with something that can help us
- Expedient Indeed, by Kerry Gubb. "It is expedient for you that I go away," Jesus told his disciples. But how was that good for us?
- Proud to Be "Kayla's Daddy" by Rick Shallenberger. The director of the school in Malawi introduced me as "Kayla's Daddy."
- For the Love of God: I Am With You Always, by Cheryl Shallenberger. When my husband makes a trip overseas, it affects many people.
- "There She Is!" by Joyce Catherwood. My Dad needed to be reassured that what he said still mattered.
- Tammy's Turn: The Right Place at the Right Time, by Tammy Tkach. When Jesus died, his followered wondered how any good could come out of the horrible event.
- Mission Post: School in Thailand Continues to Expand, by John Halford. She told me, "That's where the kindergarten will be." And that is where it is now!
- Thinking Out Loud: Living in the Present, by Barbara Dahlgren. If we live in the past or the future, we can miss out on what God has for us today.
- Bible Study: Jesus Christ's Last Sermon. The four Gospels give us seven sayings of Jesus on the cross.
- Hmm... April - May 2012
February - March 2012
Christian Odyssey: Approaching the Light
In this issue:
- On Turning 60, by Joseph Tkach. As the president of Grace Communion International, I think often about what lies ahead for our denomination.
- Approaching the Light,
by John Halford. Physicists are learning more about the universe as
they learn to accelerate particles at nearly the speed of light.
- So Why Collide Hadrons?, (And What Are They, Anyway?) An interview with Dr. Keith Baker, professor of physics at Yale University.
- Listening, by Barbara Dahlgren. "I know you can't do anything about it, but could you please listen?"
- Self-Portrait, by James Henderson. Scientists may have discovered a Rembrandt self-portrait.
- The Gloves Are Off, by Sue Berger. The simple act of putting gloves on made me feel alienated.
- Time for New Methods, by Greg Williams. The man showed how he would repair the trees to make the orchard better.
- Enjoy the Ride, by Tammy Tkach. Most of us go through periods in our lives we wish could just be over.
- 92 Years and Still Going Strong! by Donna Jones. My mom is an inspiration to everyone.
- The Joy of Communion, by Rick Shallenberger. When we take communion, we are symbolizing our unity with God, surely a reason to rejoice.
- Crossing Borders – Muchas Gracias, by Lee Berger. It was our most difficult trip into Mexico. They were thankful, and so were we.
- A Model for All Believers: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 1, by Michael Morrison. Paul focused their attention on the example they set.
- Hmm... February - March 2012
December 2011 - January 2012
Editorial: Happy Christmas, Billi7. Whoever You Are. By John Halford. There are now 7 billion people alive on earth. Jesus is good news for every one of them.
Truce on Earth, Good Will Toward Men, by John Halford. It was the first Christmas during World War I, and the troops thought that Christmas was more important than war.
For the Love of God, by Rick Shallenberger: The Light of Lights. If I were lost and needed directions, I’d look for a home with Christmas lights to ask for help.
God Told Me... by Mike Feazell. How do we know if it's really God?
Journey to the Middle of the World, by Carla Pearson-Sethna. I have wanted to go to Ecuador ever since I heard Danny Oertli's song.
HolidayGreetings.com, by Brenda Steffen. Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a weary soul.
Big Sandy Revisited, by John Halford. Rather than dwell on the past, the Big Sandy congregation decided to become an active part of the local community.
Tammy's Turn, by Tammy Tkach: Emmanuel, Our Redeemer. What is a "redeemer"? There's a good biblical example in the book of Ruth.
Bible Study, by Michael Morrison: Forty-Two Men and Five Women: A Study of Matthew 1:1-16. Ancient readers would have found something interesting in that list of names: women.
Greek word: gennao.
Hmm... a variety of quotes.
- Editorial: One Step at a Time, by John Halford. None of us can change the entire world. But we can change part of it.
- Whose Hope? What Future?, by John Halford. A popular verse doesn't mean what it seems to say.
- Thinking Out Loud: The Abundant Life, by Barbara Dahlgren. When Jesus promised an abundant life, what was he saying?
- Portrait of a Woman and Jesus: An interview with author Barbara Quillen Egbert.
- Mom, I'm So Proud of You! Mom wanted to go to Africa and adopt 12 children.
- The Wake We Leave Behind, by Hilary Buck. Like a moving boat, each person leaves a wake that affects others.
- Time for New Trees, by Greg Williams. Like an orchard, a church goes through various seasons as it bears fruit.
- Tammy's Turn: Surviving the Wilderness Sometimes we have to go through difficult times; there is no way around.
- Planting a Seed for the Gospel, by Mathew Morgan. Years ago, Mary planted a seed that is still bearing fruit for the mission of the church.
- For the Love of God: "In Jesus' Name": Reflections on Why Our Prayers Matter, by Rick Shallenberger. It's not just a matter of closing with the right words.
- Crossing Borders Mission Trip to Mexico December 9-11, 2011
- Bible Study: One at a Time, Please: A Study of 1 Corinthians 14:26-39, by Michael Morrison. Each person should use wisdom when using their gifts.
- Hmm... Quotes from Christian Odyssey, October-November 2011 For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
Editorial: Just Me Being Clever "Do not believe it if people say you are brilliant."
Jumping to Conclusions by Barbara Dahlgren. "Things are not always what they appear to be."
Lazarus and the Rich Man: A Tale of Unbelief by J. Michael Feazell. Have you ever heard that God is incapable of reaching people after they die?
He Knows Us Like That by Tammy Tkach. "We often judge others based on how well we think we know them."
Glass Half-Full Theology by Rick Shallenberger. When I was younger, however good I tried to be, it was never enough.
The New NIV: Popular English Translation Updated by Michael Morrison. Bible translation is a never-ending process for two reasons.
Grandma's Old Church by Bill Hall. We all belong to a community of faith that Jesus has drawn us into.
When the Sleeping Warrior Awoke by James and Shirley Henderson. Our guide shouted, "Buffalo! RUN!" But there was no time.
These Pancakes Taste Like Rubber! by Joyce Catherwood. Aunt Polly had written over 60 pages in the diary; it had helped validate her life.
Standing Fast in Hope as Haiti's Misery Continues- Interview with Joseph Franklin, GCI pastor in Haiti.
God Brought My Heart to San Francisco by Richard Roberts. We moved here for the purpose of planting a church, but it wasn't my idea.
December 2010-January 2011
- Writing for Christian Odyssey How you can submit articles and photos.
- The Miracle Workers, by John Halford. Helen Keller suddenly understood that there was a connection between the symbols and the reality.
- I'm Dreaming of a Quantum Christmas, by John Halford. The wise men were astronomers who looked for Jesus. Even today, the evidence of science can point toward Jesus.
- A Neighborhood Watched by Sue Berger. The development wasn't living up to its potential.
- You Belong, You Are Included, and You Matter by Joseph Tkach
- Malawi Summer by Kayla Shallenberger. A summer spent teaching school in southern Africa was the experience of a lifetime.
- Brining J.O.Y. to the Streets by Eloise Kurzawa. It's not just feeding the homeless - it's giving friendship and fellowship.
- Treat Over Greet by Rick Shallenberger. Why do we have a "Happy Holidays" sign on our porch?
- Pumpkins, By George! by George Denn. The highlight of this pumpkin business is the people we work with and meet.
- The Greatest Birth Story, by Tammy Tkach. Most births will fade from memory, but one will never be forgotten.
- ASK Answers to short questions about the Bible and theology.
- Be Ye Perfect, by Barbara Dahlgren. We are already perfect because of what Christ has done.
- The Virgin Will Give Birth to a Son: A Study of Matthew 1:18-23. No one calls Jesus "Immanuel" because that was someone else's name. Also: a study of the Greek word for "fulfilled."
- Hmm... Quotes from Christian Odyssey, Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011
Cover story: What's In a Name? By John Halford. The recent international conference in Orlando illustrated Grace, Communion, and International.
Editorial: Thinking Hard About Tomorrow, by John Halford. Christian Odyssey has a revised editorial and circulation policy.
Leading With Love: One Congregation's Success Story in Reaching Out to Young People. By Willard High, GCI pastor in South Holland, Illinois. We prayed for God to send us people to help, and here was the answer.
It Looks Like This... Serving With Jesus in the Local Community: Meal and Prayer. By Sarah Faulkner, Bonny McQueary and High Steiginga, pastoral team in the GCI church in Ft. Myers, Florida. Undaunted by small size and advanced age, we tried several ways to serve the surrounding community.
Thinking out loud: Be Ye Perfect, by Barbara Dahlgren. Ideas of perfection can vary from person to person.
A God of Chaos? by Sheila Graham. God makes order out of chaos. But then, since he made everything, didn't God also make the chaos?
Tammy's turn: Afraid of God? by Tammy Tkach. God's love is unfailing and his grace is neverending.
Treasure in the Trash, by Kerry Gubb. God revealed himself in the language of ordinary people - not some artificial language "purified of its pagan origins."
For the love of God: a pastor's notebook: Small Change Leads to Big Mission, by Rick Shallenberger, GCI pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twice a month the small children walk through our congregation with tin cups labelled "Haiti."
Bible Study: The Most Excellent Way: a study of 1 Corinthians 13, by Michael Morrison. Greek word: agape. Real love is not proven through spectacular performances - it is demonstrated in much smaller things we do every day.
Cover story: "Train Up a Child..." By Jeb Egbert. Parents have an important role to play in teaching their children about an enduring relationship with Jesus. But a child’s choices are not completely dependent on how well parents teach them.
Editorial: If you're happy and you know it -- binky!, by John Halford. Suddenly, one of the rabbits jumped about 18 inches in the air, twisted its body and spun around, before landing on all fours.
Ted and Me, and Anthony, Too: The Joy of Mentoring. By Greg Williams, Ted Johnston, and Anthony Mullins. Mentoring is not based on signed contracts -- it is a relationship based on mutual respect, honesty and shared experiences.
Death Ain't What It Used to Be by J. Michael Feazell. Presented poorly, even the gospel can be misunderstood. And sad to say, there’s a lot of that going around these days.
I've Been Reading: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; reviewed by Cheryl Shallenberger.
Dog Is Love, by Greg Williams. Just by being the creature God created her to be, our dog taught me a lot about how God relates to us.
Thinking out loud: The Storms of Life, by Barbara Dahlgren. While it may be convenient to blame our storms of life on the devil, God is the one ultimately in control.
Should You Plant a Church? An Interview With Ed Stetzer. "Every church needs to be involved in church planting in some way. It’s just a natural extension of what God is doing."
Tammy's turn: God Is in Our Moments, by Tammy Tkach. Do you pay attention to how God is involved in each moment? Or do you let them blur together in a mad rush to get everything done?
Who Ever Thought? A Ministry Partnership in Nepal, by Rod Matthews. The narrow track clings to the side of steep hills. The local people joke that it is so steep and narrow that even the monkeys slip off.
Stay Tuned, by Kerry Gubb. Keeping your Christian life properly tuned is a bit more complex than tuning a car, but it’s quite do-able. There are various helpful checks and diagnostics available.
For the love of God: a pastor's notebook: Attacked by an Answered Prayer, by Rick Shallenberger. I was floored as I read the most vindictive and mean-spirited email I’ve ever seen.
Our Strange, Dead God, by John Halford. The Hindu taxi driver asked me, “Could you tell me what you Christians see in that strange dead god?”
Bible Study: Diversity and Unity in Spiritual Gifts: a study of 1 Corinthians 12, by Michael Morrison. Greek word: charisma.
Cover story: Will my homeland live again? By Marie Antoinette Monaus. My soul is experiencing a deep sense of loss and
grief as I see my people trying to recover from this devastation without food, clean
water, shelter, and medical help.
Companion articles: Haiti and America, and About our cover
Editorial: Haiti - help and hope, by John Halford. If we are to really help Haitians rebuild, there must be a stronger motivation than just feeling sorry for them.
Where was God? , by J. Michael Feazell. Where was God when tens of thousands were being crushed, maimed and trapped in rubble until they died of thirst or starvation if not their injuries?
"With what body are the dead raised?"
by Paul Kroll. Why do we need a body in the afterlife?
Companion article: Is our brain all there is to who we are?
I've Been Reading: I, Judas, by Taylor Caldwell; reviewed by Kerry Gubb. What can we learn from a fictional autobiography of the traitor?
Drawing first blood, by Nan Kuhlman. The coordinator of the blood drive reminded me that by giving a pint of blood that day, I had saved three lives.
Thinking out loud: Do it anyway, by Barbara Dahlgren. Life is full of things you will have to do that you don’t want to do.
Label me loved, by J. Richard Parker. God is not in the condemnation business; he’s in the salvation business, and he’s good at what he does.
Tammy's turn: More than a tool, by Tammy Tkach. God wants more from us than simply doing the job - he wants a relationship with us.
So why go to camp? By Greg Williams and Rick Shallenberger. Grace Communion International sponsors 15 camps and three short-term mission trips.
Funeral for a friend, by Kerry Gubb. God didn’t appear to be wringing his hands, like we tend to.
For the love of God: a pastor's notebook: A new look at passion week, by Rick Shallenberger. The heroes were being remembered for what they did—save lives—not for the suffering they went through as they died.
Nobody prepares you, by Greg Williams. Growing old is one of the great challenges of this life, and death is the enemy because it separates us, if only temporarily, from our loved ones.
Bible Study: The Transfiguration: sneak peek at the resurrection: a study of Mark 9:1-13, by Michael Morrison.
Cover story: Church: Some Assembly Required. By John Halford. Why do I feel I should make the effort to drive to my relatively distant congregation instead of just ambling to the church across the road?
Editorial: If necessary, use words, by John Halford. The government official had a serious falling out with a young man whom he had mentored for many years and loved like a son.
Regrets? I've Had Quite a Few,
by Karl Moore.
Companion article: Top 10 list of possible
CEO regrets, for CEOs still "in the saddle"
All the retiring CEOs said they had no regrets.
Black History Month, interview with
Companion article: Letter From a Birmingham
Jail: A Call for Reconciliation. What is the value of Black History month for people who aren't black?
I've Been Reading: The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander; reviewed by Nan Kuhlman
Thinking out loud: Puzzle and Premises, by Barbara Dahlgren. Grandma would try to squeeze a piece into the wrong spot and sometimes hit it with her fist to make it fit.
Tammy's turn: Like a weaned child, by Tammy Tkach. Suddenly I knew what the Psalmist meant.
For the love of God: a pastor's notebook: Praying for my enemies, by Rick Shallenberger. Why did I feel compelled to pray for the man who had caused so much pain?
When Life Sucks, by J. Michael Feazell. One of our greatest plagues is that of anxiety, that old fiend that manifests itself in fear, worry, frustration, dread, and the like.
Underlining life, by Geoffrey Miller. The underscored text led me to places I didn't want to go, to things I didn't want to think about.
PD & Me, by Sue Berger. PD has a problem. No matter where she hides the toy, she can tell where it is.
Vacation or Mission? Do short-term mission trips do anyone any good? By Janet Morrison. Often, the greatest benefit is for the people who go.
The day I fired myself, by Nan Kuhlman. I confessed Jesus as Lord and Ruler, but I acted as if I was the one responsible for everyone.
Bible Study: Everyone must die!: a study of Mark 8:27-37, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Christos
December 2009 / January 2010
Cover story: Christmas: What Jesus' Incarnation
Shows Us About Being Human. By Rick Shallenberger
companion articles: A Fresh Look at "Nothing," and
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, by Steve Schantz
Editorial: Goodwill to all men?, by John Halford.
The Bond of Love, by Eric Wilding. As we get older, we want to know how God relates to us, but also how the Persons of the Trinity relate to each other. The apostle Paul calls the Holy Spirit "the bond of peace."
Dr. Proverb, by Jeff Broadnax. What do you call a physician who created a musical genre called HealthHop, designed to teach medical information to young people?
I've Been Reading: Grace Walk: What You've Always Wanted in the Christian Life, by Steve McVey; reviewed by Barbara Dahlgren
In Other Words: Dze kotoku medea Kratsi o, by Kalengule Kaoma. If you are going to Kratchi, you should make the trip worthwhile.
Thinking out loud: Small Things, by Barbara Dahlgren. The new temple seemed small and pitiful compared to the old one. But it was still important.
"He Oughta' Be Shot!" by Sheila Graham. "It's terrible when someone calling himself a man of God acts that way."
Hindsight: Faith Reframing Tragedy, by Kerry Gubb. God can still hear the beauty in her singing, even if others cannot. Isn't that who it's really for?
The Nightingales of Bangladesh, by Roger Lippross. The nightingale bird shares its beautiful song unconditionally, wanting nothing in return except that you enjoy its music.
Remember to Breathe, by Joyce Catherwood. Our daughter asked us if we realized that we were giving our granddaughter tacit approval for a tattoo. Uh, no... That had gone completely over our heads.
Blessed Are the Includers, by Brent Meranda. My son gripped my neck with a death hug and would not let go.
A High School Reunion Story, by Greg Williams. After 30 years, it just doesn't matter who has the biggest house or the fastest car. We are aware of more important things.
Rain to Rainbows, by Tammy Tkach. Have you ever known someone who couldn't stand to see others blessed?
Bible Study: "The time has come for my departure": a study of 2 Timothy 4, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Kairos.
Cover story: It can't be depression... I'm a Christian. But it can, and you need to know how to recognize it and what to do about it. By Mark Mounts, LPC.
Editorial: How to be effective and memorable, by John Halford. Show or tell people something they don’t know, about something they are interested in, in a way they can understand.
The Yoke Was on Me! By Kerry Gubb. Poor exegesis and my enthusiasm for a metaphor had misrepresented the extent of Jesus Christ’s mediation.
The Lady with the Lamp. By Bernie Schnippert. For about 20 minutes two years ago, in a hospital room, in the middle of the night, I was visited by "the lady with the lamp."
I've Been Reading: Magnificent Desolation, by Buzz Aldrin; reviewed by John Halford. It is a story about the conquest of inner space.
In Other Words: Mako Ndi Mako, by Kalengule Kaoma. Your mother is still your mother even if one leg is shorter than the other.
Thinking out loud: God's Masterpiece, by Barbara Dahlgren. being God’s "workmanship" has deeper meaning than God bringing us into existence.
Silk Purses From Sows' Ears, by Al Doshna. Some lessons from "the worst movie ever made."
Home Base: How Are You Today?, by Jeb Egbert. "I'm teaching him that he should begin his conversations by demonstrating an interest in others."
Mirror, Mirror, by J. Michael Feazell. What we see in the mirror is not what we really are.
Worth a Million Words, by Mike Swagerty. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a visit is worth a thousand pictures.
Give Now? By Mathew Morgan. Why do some people respond to uncertain economic times with generosity?
Bible Study: Staying on Track When Others Are Not: a study of 2 Timothy 3, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Theopneustos. Some of the strongest evidence for the gospel is the example set by people who believe it.
Hmm... Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and he has thereby already made you his own...
Cover story: Duty of Care? What is the Christian responsibility to the environment? By Dennis P. Gordon. Will God simply discard the material world? Does it exist simply to serve our needs?
Editorial: The Church's Leaky Basement, by John Halford. Are we more concerned with sin, than with salvation? What are our priorities?
Where Are We Now in Prophecy? By J. Michael Feazell. Is this the "end time"? What should we be doing about it?
New Glory: How becoming a citizen helped me understand the Christian faith better. By John Halford. "My whole attitude toward the law changed. I wanted to live up to the finest ideals of my adopted country."
I've Been Reading: I Don't Believe in Atheists, by Chris Hedges; reviewed by Neil Earle. Some atheists seem to have a fundamentalist mind-set.
Thinking out loud: Text Speak, by Barbara Dahlgren. Acronyms can be useful in communicating with a new generation.
Home Base: Go Ahead—Spend, Spend, Spend, by Jeb Egbert. Creative ways to spend time with your family.
In Other Words: Ever See Roasted Corn Grow?, by Kalengule Kaoma. Roasted corn is a metaphor for good deeds, which produce more good deeds.
She Made Home Happy: An important lesson from an unusual epitaph. By Kenda Turner. What was the secret of her happiness?
A Message the World Forgot, by Neil Earle. Forty years ago, one man on the moon spoke unforgettable words. The other did something equally momentous.
Confessions of a Youth Evangelist, by Greg Williams. Do we form relationships for an ulterior motive, or is the relationship important in itself?
Give Me a Break! by Sue Berger. I look at the hand-written IOU, tempted once again to just throw it away.
Bible Study: Work Hard for the Lord:
a study of 2 Timothy 2, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks
had a word for it: Orthotomeo.
If God's church had a foundation stone, what would be written on it?
Hmm... Think of the vision at the end of Revelation. It isn’t about humans being snatched up from earth to heaven.
Cover story: We Say Goodbye... but then what happens when we die? By John Halford. At a funeral, the words of an old Beatles song suddenly popped into my head. “You say goodbye, but I say hello." could those words actually reflect what was happening?
Between Death and Resurrection, by Michael Morrison. We'll be resurrected when Christ returns. But what happens in the meantime?
Editorial: Would You Have Chosen Barabbas? by John Halford. We may not have liked Barabbas, but we understood him. He was of our world.
Sold for 30 Pieces of Silver, by Joyce Catherwood. They counted out 30 silver coins, a sum equal to compensation for a dead slave.
Letters to the editor. As we expected, we received many letters and emails about the material on creation and evolution in the last issue.
I've Been Reading: Jesus, the Man Who Loved Women, by Bruce Marchiano; reviewed by Ruth Miller. This book challenges a host of misconceptions about what Jesus really came to do.
The Gentle Giant, interview with Richard Kiel by Alan Doshna. Richard Kiel is probably best known as the actor who played the horrific “Jaws” character in the James Bond films. But appearances can be deceptive.
Grace: A License to Sin? by Mike Feazell. When you trust God to love you and forgive you, you want to be like Jesus; you don’t want to sin.
Thinking out loud: How to Fix People, by Barbara Dahlgren. Being a Christian is not really difficult if you don’t have to deal with people.
From the Cornfields to the City: How a Small Church Reinvented Itself, by Ken Williams. They decided that they were in the wrong community. They needed to move.
Her Beauty and Her Terror, by Kerry Gubb. When a wall of fire is bearing down on you at 200 miles an hour, it rearranges your priorities.
Home Base: My Mother's Prayer, by Jeb Egbert. When I finally put all the pieces together, I did what most 6-year-old boys would do…burst into tears.
In Other Words: Lozi Proverb, by Kalengule Kaoma. Bring your cattle so our riches will add up.
Speaking of Life... with Joseph Tkach. The crown of thorns - we are joined to Jesus in the crucible of suffering.
Bible Study: The Resurrection Body: a study of 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Psychikos. To Greeks steeped in ancient philosophy, this made no sense. Why would God mess up the afterlife by putting people back into their defective bodies?
Hmm... Think of the vision at the end of Revelation. It isn’t about humans being snatched up from earth to heaven.
Cover story: Creation and evolution? How did God bring about the rich variety of species on earth? Almost 150 years ago Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species. The debate between science and religion has been fast and furious ever since.
Should "Intelligent Design" be taught in the science classroom? By Dennis Gordon. The Vatican’s chief astronomer said that “Intelligent Design” isn’t science.
Little Stars: a story of love, faith and vision from Thailand. By John Halford. Education brought them both to the gospel. So, they decided, education would be the tool they would use to reach others.
Home Base: Washing your children in the Word, by Jeb Egbert. What are some ways we can help our children or grandchildren learn the Bible and memorize scriptures that contain words of life?
It could happen to you! By Mat Morgan. One of the most disruptive and fearful situations that we will face in our lives is the sudden loss of a job.
I thought I would lose my job! By Ken Williams. A few months ago my supervisor reluctantly informed me that I could be unemployed by the end of the year.
Thinking out loud: Using knowledge wisely, by Barbara Dahlgren. I asked, “How do you feel all these findings have enhanced your walk with Jesus Christ?”
The audacity to hope, by Jeffrey Broadnax. As an African American, I am humbled by the sweat, tears and blood of those whose impassioned struggle enabled my children and me to live in a nation where we are judged primarily by the content of our character.
The Forgettery, by Nanette Kuhlman. “He must have filed it in his Forgettery,” my husband says.
In Other Words: “Mvula ikakuona lisilo sikhata,” by Kalengule Kaoma. The rain won't stop until it washes you clean.
I preached the Sermon on the Mount, by Ken Slade. They’ll never believe this when they hear it back home—Jesus’ sermon with an Aussie accent!”
I've Been Reading...: Theistic Evolution, reviews by John Halford. Five books that help explain this view.
Bible Study: Paul's Farewell Letter:
a study of 2 Timothy 1, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had
a word for it: Syneidesis. Paul gives his last instructions to the closest thing
he had to a son.
Hmm... Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
December 2008/January 2009
In Other Words: “Injila shiboolanga akali mwilia,” by Kalengule Kaoma. Facing an uncertain future.
Editorial: He's Only Human, by John Halford. The Prime Minister of Norway admitted that he could not keep all his promises.
Cover story: The Real Christmas Miracle Story, by Paul Kroll. There was nothing special about the way that Jesus developed in his mothers womb or the way that he was born. And that is just the point.
Meeting Jesus on the Road to Ethiopia, by Lila Docken Bauman. "Who wrote this?" he wanted to know. "Who is it that went through what I am going through?"
Home Base: Two Peas, Same Pod?, by Jeb Egbert. Children are not all the same, even if they have the same parents.
The Shepherd's Story, by John Halford and Mike Feazell
Does God Hate Christmas? By Joseph Tkach. Let's look at four arguments used against Christmas and explain why each one does not stand up.
Anger: A Battle We Can Win, by Neil Earle. Here are five principles that can help us deal with stress and strain.
Thinking out loud: The Irony of It All, by Barbara Dahlgren.
Living Today, by Randall Bourchier. A magazine helps a congregation become part of the community.
The Second Best Christmas Gift, by Mat Morgan
I've Been Reading...: The Jesus Legend, by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory Boyd; review by Dennis Gordon
Bible Study: The Coming of the Lord: a study of 2 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, by Michael Morrison. Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Parousia
Letters to the editor A selection of letters from Australia.
I've Been Reading...: Who Stole My Church? What to do when the church you love enters the 21st century, by Gordon MacDonald; reviewed by Barbara Dahlgren.
Editorial: Doing what comes "naturally," by John Halford. The process of becoming an American citizen is called "naturalization."
Cover story: So how did it go? A report from the Philippines from the four young people we interviewed in our previous issue. Companion article: Benefits of a short-term mission trip.
Revelation: It's no mystery, by Mike Feazell. John says his book is written about things that would take place soon after he wrote. What would his readers think?
Theater of the Imagination, by Kenda Tuner. Little did I know that we were having fun participating in a centuries-old form of theater.
Home Base: Parenting "Do Over" for Grandparents, by Jeb Egbert. I ask the grandparents, If you had to do it over, what would you change?
"When I am Bigger..." by Pat Halford. My 4-year-old granddaughter asked, "Do you want me to pray for you?"
In Other Words: If you hide the sickness, you hide the treatment, by Kalengule Kaoma. Are we hiding our needs from the people who want to help us?
The most important election ever, by Eric Wilding. The Christian doctrine of election involves a choice made by God. For Karl Barth, this was the truth on which all other Christian truths are built.
Speaking of life...with Joseph Tkach. The gospel offers the greatest hope.
Bystander: Let the Little Children Come, by Joyce Catherwood. The disciples rebuked the parents, but Jesus rebuked the disciples.
Thinking out loud: one Christian's (a)musings about everyday life: What, Why, When, How, Where, Who, by Barbara Dahlgren. Everyone has a story to tell, if you ask the right questions.
From both sides now, by Sheila Graham. When I was in California, my values were considered conservative. When I moved to Texas, some considered them liberal.
The untold "unstory" of Trophimus, by Kerry Gubb. Not very impressive, but that's the point.
Letters to the editor We often get letters asking us to print the magazine in larger type.
I've Been Reading...: The Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs; review by John Halford. He exposes just why a legalistic approach just does not work.
Editorial: Who's Who?, by John Halford. Let me introduce "the rest of us" who put this magazine together?
Cover story: Winning from the start, by Ned and Tina Graham. We always wondered by the Special Olympics were called special. We found out why when we attended the events in Shanghai.
Speaking of life...with Joseph Tkach. Was Elijah really a man like us?
Bystander: The sword, by Joyce Catherwood. Simeon had predicted that a sword would pierce me, and now I felt it.
The scarred frog blanket, by Shiela Carmel Miller. The hole in the poor frog's face looked like it had been stitched up by Dr. Frankenstein.
Mission Bound. In a few weeks, a group of young Christians will visit the Philippines on a short-term mission trip. We interviewed four of them to see what they expect.
Urge Protection, by John Halford. We have surge protectors for sudden voltage increases. But what about sudden urges?
In Other Words: Mbio za sakafuni huishia ukingoni!, by Kalengule Kaoma. Even the worst things come to an end.
Who's Afraid of the Schizophrenic God?
By Neil Earle. Many Christians seem to think that the Father is worried about
the law, and the Son has a more merciful attitude.
Christian Odyssey Interview: Talking with Paul Young, author of the best-selling The Shack. "I'm the most accidental author you'll ever meet."
Church History: The Council of Chalcedon and the "Two Natures" Controversy, by Paul Kroll. Apollinaris said that Jesus had two natures—one human and one divine.
Home Base: Jesus loves them, this I know, by Jeb Egbert. The disciples hindered the children's access to Jesus. Do we?
Kitchen-Bin Guidance, by Kerry Gubb. Children are fascinated with garbage. Adults often are, too.
Bible Study: Paul's Concern for the Thessalonians:
a study of 1 Thessalonians 2;17-3:13, by Michael Morrison. Paul said he was
as gentle as a woman nursing a baby.
Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Perichōresis.
Hmm... The line between good and evil is never simply between "us" and "them."
Letters to the editor I couldn’t seem to find who authored “Sinners in the Arms of a Loving God.” Was this an oversight?
I've Been Reading...: Everything Must Change: Global Crises and a Revolution of Hope, by Brian McLaren; review by Brenda Steffen. McLaren asks two main questions: what are the biggest problems in the world, and what does Jesus say about them?
Editorial: Don't just accept the Trinity, by John Halford. A tall, thin, rather severe-looking clergyman made a beeline for us.
Cover story: We were always on his mind, by Joseph Tkach. Through the atoning Incarnation of the Son, Jesus Christ, humans are already forgiven, reconciled and saved in him.
Free to be, by Mike Feazell. John wasn’t interested in the limelight. He was interested in preparing the way for someone else.
In Other Words: Hand in hand, by Kalengule Kaoma. Just as hands work together for a common purpose, people working together will accomplish much.
It was OK for Timothy, by Kerry Gubb. Timothy had Paul to help him grow. Whom do you have?
Bystander: The great fever, by Joyce Catherwood. We greeted him, filled with anxiety over my mother’s condition.
Developing a spending plan with a "virtual cookie jar" by Brent Baker. Very few people today have a spending plan, or budget, to manage their personal finances.
Saying grace graciously, by Paul Hailey. I don’t think God makes junk food nutritious even when we ask him to.
Mid-life melancholy, by Barbara Dahlgren. We have more, more, more of everything, yet feel less, less, less satisfied.
Church History: Karl Barth: "prophet" to the church, by Paul Kroll. Karl Barth has been called “the most outstanding and consistently evangelical theologian that the world has seen in modern times.”
Home Base: Our children's heroes, by Jeb Egbert. I cherished that time with my dad. It wasn’t what he said to me, and it certainly wasn’t the level of basketball training.
Being human, by Bill Winn. Religion makes people think that being real, being really human, is either wrong or not good enough.
Bible Study: We were not a burden: a study
of 1 Thessalonians 2, by Michael Morrison.
Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Ekklesia.
Hmm... A Jewish economist stunned his host by praying, “Lord, I pray that Jews would come to know Jesus Christ."
I've Been Reading...: The Shack Book by William Young; review by Rick and Sheryl Shallenberger
Editorial: There is a hole in my campus. By John Halford. The only thing that we can take with us is relationships.
Cover story: Sinners in the arms of a loving God, by Paul Kroll. What is hell, is anyone going there, and why?
In Other Words: Sorting the seed. By Kalengule Kaoma. My mother taught me how to preserve good seed.
"A place where everybody belongs." By John McLean and Kerry Gubb. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd led a bi-partisan motion of apology on behalf of the country.
Fluffing the faith, by Fraser Henderson. Should you be that comfortable with your Bible?
Getting Real, by Mike Feazell. Life has much more to offer than "keeping up appearances."
Speaking of Life: The perfect communicator, By Joseph Tkach. God has taken the initiative for us to know him.
Celebrating "Holland," by Brenda Gordon. "Welcome to Holland" is an insightful essay about giving birth to a disabled child.
Bystander: Lunch basket extraordinaire, by Joyce Catherwood. I gave the basket to my son and gently pushed him toward Jesus.
Church History: Irenaeus and the second-century church, by Paul Kroll. The most important theologian of the second century.
Buddy—the Mighty Lizard Hunter, by Steve Schantz. Be willing to lose your rear end!
Encounter 2008. Near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Look Again: Sharing in Jesus' life, by C. Baxter Kruger. Sin is insisting that Jesus repent and believe in us.
Home Base: The Gift, by Jeb Egbert. Dr. Egbert begins writing a new feature on parenting.
Bible Study: Do good to all: a study of Galatians
6, By Michael Morrison. Be a benefactor, especially in the church.
Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Katartizo.
I've Been Reading...: I Sold My Soul on eBay Book by Hemant Mehta; review by John Halford
Editorial: Depth Perception By John Halford. How do we get perspective on Christian doctrine?
Cover story: You'd Have to Have Been There, by Kerry Gubb. During a drought in my country, I visited Huka Falls in New Zealand.
Is Jesus Really God? A Look at the Arian Controversy. By Mike Feazell. Arius was trying to reconcile belief in one God with the Christian belief that Jesus was divine.
In Other Words: When Trees Grow Together. By Kalengule Kaoma. Those who grow together rub against each other.
The Beauty Within, by Anne Gillam. Reaching for a rock is a natural movement of my hand.
Bystander: I Am Pilate's Wife, by Joyce Catherwood. From my window, I could see the judgment seat...and Jesus.
Odyssey Interview: Acting Wisely During a Recession: a conversation with Brent Baker. We should really get our finances in order whether or not a recession is likely.
In Remembrance of What? by John Halford. When we examine ourselves, what do we focus on?
Look Again: Forgiveness and Faith, by C. Baxter Kruger. Thomas Erskine solved a critical and practical theological problem for me.
Running Away From Intimacy, by Mark Mounts. We are supposed to handle difficult moments well, so why don't we?
Church History: William Seymour and the Rise of Pentecostalism, by Paul Kroll. In April 1906, a momentous revolution in Christianity began in a ramshackle part of Los Angeles.
Speaking of Life: Come Just As You Are? By Joseph Tkach. God sees our best and our worst, and he loves us anyway.
Bible Study: The Purpose of Freedom: A Study
of Galatians 5, By Michael Morrison. Do not use freedom to serve yourself, but
Companion article: The Greeks had a word for it: Sarx.
December 2007/January 2008
- Letters to the editor "The God you present seems a bit anthropomorphic..."
- In Other Words: Sticking together. By James R. Henderson. "Two people are like a lump of porridge."
- Editorial: How ugly are the feet? By John Halford. We dared to show a barefoot man looking at our magazine.
- Lovers of pleasure... Are we trying too hard to be happy?, by Dr. Archibald Hart. We are overloading our system.
- Christmas Light, by Mike Feazell. Christmas lights remind us of the true Light, Jesus Christ.
- Managing the postmodern church, an interview with Dr. Karl Moore. Should we adapt leadership styles to the culture?
- Oh No... I'm a mother-in-law, by Muriel Hacker. Be a positive influence, not a divisive one.
- I've been reading... What About Those Who Have Never Heard? book review by Paul Kroll.
- Small miracles, by Gianni and Mirella Iarroni. A family learns from a tragic accident.
- Bystander: 21st-century bystander, by Joyce Catherwood. We see and respond to Jesus, too.
- Discovering Handel's Messiah, by John Halford. The musical masterpiece was written by a man on the edge of despair.
- The First Church Christmas, by Paul Kroll. The Church celebrated Christmas to defeat paganism, not copy it.
- Speaking of Life: A Time for Love, by Joseph Tkach. Do we love people only when they do well?
- The Boys, by Kerry Gubb. I feed the birds, but they don't seem very thankful.
- The way of Trinitarian love, by C. Baxter Kruger. Jesus suffered from our wrath, not from the Father's.
- Born of a woman: a study of Galatians 4, by Michael Morrison. God treats his children as adults.
- Hmm... "The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person."
- Letters to the editor
- In Other Words: How Selfish is Your Christianity? By James Henderson. "Even the hyena with a cub does not eat all available food."
- Editorial: Too old to be useful? By John Halford. There is no such thing as a useless or obsolete part of the body of Christ.
- Cover story: The Trinity: Just a Doctrine? By Mike Feazell. What difference does an ancient doctrine make anyway?
- Interview with Ruth Tucker: Hope for the Left Behind Church. by Sheila Graham. God works in little churches.
- Bystander: The Woman Accused of Adultery, by Joyce Catherwood. The door slammed against the wall. Pharisees stormed in...
- Meeting a Living Legend, by Curtis May. I met Fred Shuttlesworth, one of my boyhood heroes.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls—60 Years Later, by Timothy Finlay. The Scrolls strengthen our trust in the validity of the Scriptures.
- The Prayer God Always Answers, by Bernie Schnippert. Be careful, because the answer will shake you to your core.
- Encounter 2008: All Generations Gathered As One Family. Announcing a retreat for all ages, near Cincinnati, Ohio, in October 2008.
- Church History: Vatican II and the Future of Church Unity, by Paul Kroll.
- Speaking of Life: Which Is the Best Translation? By Joseph Tkach. New versions reflect growth in biblical scholarship.
- Good Things, by John McLean. Each night, Melanie wrote down three good things that happened to her that day.
- Look Again: God's Video, by C. Baxter Kruger.
- Bible Study: Redeemed From the Curse of the Law: A Study of Galatians 3, By Michael Morrison. What was the law for?
- The Gospel Revealed: A Study of Galatians 1
- Justified by Faith, Not By Law: A Study of Galatians 2
- The Greeks Had a Word For It: Antilepsis. It is the noun form of a verb that means “to take hold of the other side.”
August / September 2007
- Letters to the editor "I’m confused as to your organization’s belief that "all" are God’s children."
- Editorial: Stirred—but not shaken By John Halford. These are stirring times to be a Christian.
- Immortality: The "Mother of All Changes" By Paul Kroll. The hope of all Christians is to live again.
In Other Words: Advice to husbands from a nomadic tribe By James Henderson. "Don’t break the vase from which you drink."
"If you really had repented..." By Mike Feazell. Christians set out with the best of intentions to change their ways.
The problem of forgiveness, by Lila Docken Bauman. Forgiveness is more than merely an ideal Christian virtue.
- Facing up to Autism, by Judith Foyabo. Before my son was born, I had no clue what autism really meant.
- I've Been Reading... The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon; reviewed by Victoria Feazell.
Dumpy, Dumpy moments, by David Harstin. As a home daddy, I spend most days doing housework and tending to my children’s needs.
- Bystander: The Unclean Woman, by Joyce Catherwood. Jesus praised my faith and said, "Daughter, you are free from your suffering!"
- Getting it back to front, by John Halford. Churches, like British front and backyards, seem to like to separate themselves with walls.
- Still small voices, by Shirley Henderson. The voice of God was in the still small voice of one woman.
- Church History: Billy Graham: Evangelist to the World, by Paul Kroll.
- Look Again: Was Jesus plan "B"? By C. Baxter Kruger. Jesus is the original plan.
- "Not Long Now..." By Kerry Gubb. I don’t want to die. I didn’t ask for this wretched cancer to eat away my life.
- Bible Study: Relationships in and out of the church: a study of Colossians 3-4, By Michael Morrison.
- Hmm... Whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
- Letters to the editor
- Editorial: Little steps in the right direction, By John Halford. Can good really overcome evil?
- No contest: Why the argument over Genesis? By Dennis P. Gordon. What did Genesis 1 say to the people of the ancient Near East?
Changing Faces, by Brenda Plonis. I silently thanked God I had only two lips.
Bystander: Joanna, by Joyce Catherwood. My sojourn in the palace provided a unique opportunity.
In Other Words: Who's afraid of the big, bad... lion? by James R. Henderson. The Maasai are not afraid of lions.
- Interview: Good news to the poor. An interview with Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S.
- Should you take the Bible literally? by Bernie Schnippert. Whether you say "yes" or "no," the critic will respond...
Church History: How Russian became Christian, by Paul Kroll. The king demanded that the emperors give him their sister in marriage.
- Is the Bible just a white man's book? Part Two. By Dan Rogers. The Bible mentions people of color, but not because of their color.
I've Been Reading...: Evangelism Through the Local Church, by Michael Green; reviewed by Mike Feazell.
- Look again: The boy in the airport, by Baxter Kruger. The boy walked out and stopped dead still. His eyes scanned the airport.
- Bible Study: New clothes for new people: a study of Colossians 3, by Michael Morrison. Our life is hidden with Christ.
April / May 2007
I've been reading: Forgive and Forget, by Lewis Smedes, reviewed by Michael Morrison
Editorial: It isn't just about how he died, By John Halford. Why focus on the graphic details of crucifixion?
Is the Bible just a white man's book? By Dan Rogers.
One Pilgrim's Progress: Loaded Bibles and made-up minds, By Mike Feazell.
Moving mountains in Appalachia, by John Halford.
The thief's story, by John Halford.
Church History: Augustine: "Father" of the Western Church, by Paul Kroll.
Lost in New Orleans, by C. Baxter Kruger.
In Other Words: Now wash your hands, by James R. Henderson.
Modern Slavery: the unheard cries, by Curtis May and Neil Earle.
Bystander: Martha, by Joyce Catherwood.
Where are you, Lord? by Michael Houghton.
WWJD? By Kerry W. Gubb. Do people even know what Jesus did?
Bible Study: Victory on the cross: a study of Colossians 2.
February / March 2007
Editorial: Where Next? By John Halford. Two things about publishing have not changed.
One Pilgrim's Progress: Does it all depend? By Mike Feazell.
Confessions of a part-time waitress, by Brenda Plonis.
I've Been Reading... Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome, by Rodney Stark; reviewed by John Halford
Interview: Playing Jesus--a discussion with Bruce Marchiano.
Impress Yourself, by Rose Huff. What do you do well?
Generations Camps 2007. Fifteen Christ-centered camps and retreats.
Church History: William Wilberforce: Christian abolitionist, reformer, statesman, by Paul Kroll.
Bystander: Widow of Nain By Joyce Catherwood.
Dead to Sin—Oh Really? By Sheila Graham.
In Other Words: Get Salty By James Henderson.
Bible Study: Already in the Kingdom: a study of Colossians 1,
December 2006 / January 2007
I've Been Reading... Classic Christianity, by Bob George; reviewed by Alfred Nelson.
Editorial: If you knew Susie... By John Halford.
Cover story: What does Jesus want for Christmas?
One Pilgrim's Progress: The Tree By Mike Feazell.
Prayer: Does it make any difference? A discussion with award-winning author Philip Yancey.
Bystander: Elizabeth By Joyce Catherwood.
Comic Relief Illustrator Javier Saltares explains why it is time to take comics seriously.
Church History: The Great Awakening—A "Work of God" By Paul Kroll.
Stars of Wonder Sue Berger discovers that on a clear night you can see forever.
I think God hates me! A cry for help that we just could not resist.
Ev-Angela's Sermon While we were talking about it, a little girl showed us how it is done. By Jeff Broadnax.
In Other Words: A Timely Gift By James Henderson
Bible Study: Learning to Live Like Jesus: a study of Philippians 2 By Michael Morrison.
Editorial: Helping our unbelief, by John Halford.
One Pilgrim's Progress: Let God be God By Mike Feazell.
An answer in the dark, by Marie Docken.
A fool for Christ, by Sheila Graham.
Loving them to the end, by John Halford.
Bystander: The synagogue ruler's wife, by Joyce Catherwood.
Do we have the right books in the Bible?, by Michael Morrison.
In Other Words: An elephant's tail, by James R. Henderson.
The gospel of Superman, by Neil Earle.
Making friends with the disabled, by April Hottle.
Bible Study: Saved by God's mercy - a study of Titus 3, by Michael Morrison.
In other words: Don't just go - leave a legacy, by James Henderson.
Editorial: Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, by John Halford.
Heaven's above - or is it? By John Halford.
One pilgrim's progress: Just a nobody? By Mike Feazell.
My father's living will, by Lila Docken Bauman.
Bystander: The beautiful anointing, by Joyce Catherwood.
"Send us some children": A story of transformation, by John Peterson.
Church History: Persecution, penance, and "the lapsed" By Paul Kroll.
Unmasking male depression, by Archibald Hart.
A cup of cold water, by Sheila Graham.
I've been reading: A Generous Orthodoxy, by Brian McLaren; review by Fraser Henderson.
Bible Study: Making grace look good - a study of Titus 2, by Michael Morrison.
Editorial: An E-ticket ride. By John Halford
Going on a Guilt Trip? By Mike Feazell.
Turn-key or makeover? By Shane Bazer.
A new look at The Good Samaritan. By Joseph Tkach.
Majors & minors. By Rose Huff.
Mary Magdalene. By Joyce Catherwood.
I've been reading... Pocket History of Theology. By Paul Kroll.
A miracle in torn blue jeans. By Michael Houghton.
A covenant of forgiveness. In Other Words, by James Henderson.
Tell Peter By Eugene Guzon.
Loving in deed, by Pete Ahlstrom.
Leaders in truth: a study of Titus 1. Bible Study, by Michael Morrison
Tired of Life, With Everything to Live For. By John Halford.
Intelligent Design: What it is ... what it isn't. By Jay Wesley Richards, Ph.D.
I've been reading... Dawkins' God, by Alister McGrath. Book review by John Halford.
A matter of perspective. by Angie Ruble.
Whatever happened to church growth? An interview with Eddie Gibbs.
Camp With a Mission: Crossing Borders.
Bible Prophecy: What's it all about? One Pilgrim's Progress, by Mike Feazell.
A Sorry State of Affairs: Understanding the power of an apology. By Curtis May and Neil Earle.
As Ugly as Sin. By John Halford.
Bystander: Salome. By Joyce Catherwood.
Easter in the church. Church History Corner, by Paul Kroll.
Keep on walking. In Other Words, by James Henderson.
Will we live again? A study of 1 Corinthians 15:1-23. Bible Study, by Michael Morrison.
Editorial: Hope and a future, by John Halford
Cleaning up Katrina: after the cameras move on, by Gerry Trennepohl
Losing our evangelistic buts, by Mike Feazell
A lesson in humility, by Alexis Huff
Final exhortations: A study of Hebrews 13:7-25, by Michael Morrison
I've been reading... The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, by Terry Akers
I've been reading... The Case for Christ
Editorial: Let's hope she floats, by John Halford
Making history in Montana, by Mike Wallace.
The chink in death's armor, by Mike Feazell.
Mom, I'm not sure there is a God! By Rose Huff.
The bride's story, by Joyce Catherwood.
Guarding Hitler's Deputy, by Bill Horton.
The Prince who smells good, by James Henderson.
Church History: The African-American church in America, by Paul Kroll
A mountain of joy: a study of Hebrews 12:18 to 13:6, by Michael Morrison
Christian Odyssey to get new look. editorial by John Halford
Sharing a secret, by Joseph Tkach
Give Ministry Opportunities to Children, by Ted Johnston
Church history corner, by Paul Kroll: Athanasius lists the New Testament writings
Praying with great interest, by James Henderson.
A good way to go, by Tony Goudie.
A lesson about guilty consciences, by Mike Feazell.
review of Joe Aldrich, Lifestyle Evangelism. by Terry Akers
Dealing with difficulties: a study of Hebrews 12:1-17, by Michael Morrison
In his name, by Joseph Tkach
Slugging it out, by John Halford
Moving mountains and cursing fig trees, by James Henderson
Using Christmas to teach children about Jesus, by Ted Johnston
Christmas past and present in the church, by Paul Kroll
A lesson about instructions, by Mike Feazell
Traveling Light: Modern Meditations on St. Paul's Letter of Freedom, by Eugene Peterson. Review by Terry Akers
Faith in victory and in death: a study of Hebrews 11:23-40, by Michael Morrison
Disaster in New Orleans, by Joseph Tkach
Church history: The Great Disappointment, by Paul Kroll
Nurture children in the way of Jesus, by Ted Johnston
Put on the armor of God, by Neil Earle
God told me to..., by Mike Feazell
Book review: Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms By Terry Akers
A lesson about faith from the book of Mark, by Mike Feazell
Abraham's example of faith: a study of Hebrews 11:8-19, by Michael Morrison
Which voice do you hear? by Joseph Tkach
What time is it? by Joseph Tkach and Neil Earle.
Book review: Repenting of Religion. Review by Terry Akers.
Involve children in your life, by Ted Johnston.
Church History: C.S. Lewis, a "mere Christian"
A blinding light, by Joseph Tkach
Relate to children on their level, by Ted Johnston
The glorious freedom, by John McKenna
Peace in Christ, by John McLean
Church History: The 'Great Schism' of the church
The Word made flesh, by Joseph Tkach
What Paul wished members knew about ministers, by Neil Earle
Jesus is coming, a lesson from Mark 5 by Mike Feazell
Is Jesus enough? by Michael Houghton, Sr.
Son-Block, by James Henderson
Bless children with Jesus' love, by Ted Johnston
The purpose of healings: a study of Matthew 9, by Michael Morrison
'Let nothing be wasted' by Joseph Tkach
Hope floats, by Brenda Plonis
Principles of effective children's ministry, by Ted Johnston
Can you do that in school? by Karen Seddon (article is about prayer in U.S. public schools)
A lesson about storms, by Mike Feazell
Church History: Jesus Christ "of one substance with the Father"
Setting a good example: a study of 1 Peter 3, by Michael Morrison
Quote: "The ultimate goal of creation...is for people to receive, replicate and offer back to God the perfect love that God eternally is" (Gregory A. Boyd, Is God to Blame? InterVarsity Press, 2003, p. 37).
Lazarus, come out! by Joseph Tkach
The radical consequences of justification, by T.F. Torrance
A lesson about lessons (Mark 4:30-24), by Mike Feazell
Book review: Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen
Real wealth lasts forever: a study of 1 Peter 1, by Michael Morrison
Quote: In our place: "Jesus steps into the actual situation where we are summoned to have faith in God, to believe and trust in him, and he acts in our place and in our stead from within the depths of our unfaithfulness and provides us freely with a faithfulness in which we may share" (Thomas F. Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, Helmers & Howard, p. 78).