“Starry Night” (Psalm 8; I John 3: 1-3)

When I despair of our world, and to be honest, when I despair of myself, I remember the stars filling a Texas sky on a cold winter night. Any creature out in space looking at our planet would see it not as it is today but as it was however many light-years away that creature may be from the earth. And just as that creature’s estimate of this earth would be woefully inadequate as to the world’s present condition, so any estimate we may have of ourselves or our world apart from God’s vision of what shall be is also terribly lacking. Continue reading

Romans 8 12-17 “Scared to Death”

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by… Continue reading

The Tenses of Salvation

He looked at me like I was speaking Greek—which I was. I could tell he was not satisfied with my answer. Perhaps he thought I was speaking in tongues. Of course, it was a smart aleck answer (I was only 25 years old and had had my fill of fundamentalist theology for the day). But it was also a biblical answer, and I think, a good answer. What I was asking the student was this: “Do you mean am I being saved, was I saved, or will I be saved?” Continue reading