Wholly Healthy: Understanding the Zika Virus

It seems increasingly as if the names of diseases originate from science fiction novels. This is certainly the case with one of our latest concerns, the Zika virus. First described in Uganda in 1947 and named for a forest there, Zika virus disease has lately made the news due to a large number of cases […]

Sunday Dinner: Ugly Duckling Cake

“I made that when I was a youngster,” my friend Marie said as we talked in the aisle of the supermarket where I had gone to buy ingredients for Joyce Tonroy’s Ugly Duckling Cake. The supermarket aisles are my primary social gathering spot. Marie and I have known each other since our children were in […]

Kingdom Focus: Shine Christ’s Light on Social Media

Last night I experienced a first on social media. A person claiming to follow Jesus Christ questioned my salvation. This individual did not know me nor anything about my beliefs — other than the fact that I differed with him regarding a political issue. A third person who also commented on the Facebook thread said […]

Outside the Walls: Saved from a Predictable Life

Predictable. Routine. These words defined Simon and Andrew’s lives. They were working in the family fishing business, and every night they would attempt to catch enough fish to feed their family. On this particular night, they didn’t have much luck. Defeated and dejected, they cleaned up their nets so they could repeat the process the […]

Pastor to Pastor: ‘Unashamed’

Thinking Christians agree that believers are targeted by terrorists, threatened by political agendas and mocked by special interest groups. Increasingly, Christians are told to “have moments of silence rather than pray in Jesus’ name” or “go hang your commandments elsewhere.” Biblical marriage has been exchanged for a dismal imitation of God’s ideal plan. We readily […]

Comic Belief: ’Tis the Season to Be Chubby

Most of us gain a little weight over the holidays. Last year my New Year’s resolution was to lose some weight. Like most people, the second week of a diet is the easiest — because by then I’m off the diet. Many times I go on two diets at the same time so I can […]

Worldview: Is Jesus the Only Savior?

Is Jesus the only Savior? Are there many paths to God and to salvation? These questions raise the issue of religious pluralism — the idea that all religions, at least the ethical ones, lead to God and salvation. Often the claim is that all religions essentially teach the same truth. In a day characterized by […]

Worldview: How Important Are Worship Styles? Reconsidering a Musical Matter

The “worship wars” appear to be waning. “Multiple generations are becoming more accustomed to different types of church music and worship style,” writes Thom Rainer. “There is a much greater appreciation for different forms of music than in the past.” On the one hand, this is a trend to celebrate, as an era of intense […]

Wholly Healthy: Cell Phones and Your Health

These days smartphones are ubiquitous. It’s amazing to realize that you hold in your hand a tiny computer that has more processing power than anything available to NASA during the Apollo years. It’s also amazing, when you have teenagers, to realize that they are capable of ignoring everything around them while texting and sending photos […]