Giving to the Poor: Balancing Charity and Dignity

Harvesting food in field

A few years ago, I listened to a mixed-race pastor who leads a multiethnic congregation in an impoverished neighborhood speak about the challenges of his ministry. One of the challenges he discussed was the need to balance dignity and charity. The need for charity was very real where he served; many people did not have…
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The Mysterious (and Perplexing) Ways of the Lord

Wandering in desert

The blessing of the Jews by the pagan sorcerer Balaam, in Numbers 22-24, is a perplexing series of events. Balaam is also known from a text outside the Bible. An inscription was discovered near the junction of the Jordan and Jabbok rivers in the language of the Ammonites, descendants of Lot. The inscription is dated…
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The God of Abraham

Stars in the sky

In the Scriptures, God is referred to as the God of Abraham over a dozen times. He was not ashamed of that name and used it Himself when He called Moses to free His enslaved people from Egypt (Hebrews 11:16; Exodus 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5). When God called Abraham and told him to leave his…
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Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

Stained glass image of Jesus with lamb

By Bob Krupp C. S. Lewis did not think people should be allowed to call Jesus a nice teacher. Lewis believed that He left only three options as to who He was: a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Unbelieving critics have dismissed this as a classic case of a false alternative and prefer to…
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