Answering the Call of a Sabbath Jubilee

December 16, 2013 / John McVay

The congregation uses a set of assigned Bible verses for each Sabbath service. So it is reverently that the assistant, the hazzan, places the correct scroll in the Guest’s arms. With matching respect, the Guest unrolls the scroll, finds the correct place and reads the designated passage from the Pentateuch. Next, the scroll of Isaiah is passed to the young, visiting Rabbi. This time He does not turn to the specified section. He selects His own passage:

Crossing the Generational Divide, Part 1

November 21, 2013 / Seth Pierce

At the end of each week I enjoy tormenting my type-A, goal-oriented personality with the question: What did you accomplish? What makes this sick practice worse is when I can vouch for myself that I was busy — but cannot remember specifically what I did. It’s not like I wasn’t there — of course I was. I remember feeling stress, paperwork, writing, people and a lack of sleep — so what do I have to verify my productivity?


The web of life oft seems tangled, the warp and woof of fate fickle and arbitrary. But sometimes the backstory, forgotten in the bright light of the present, provides an unmistakable glimpse of providence at work. And thus one good story begets another.

The son of an Indiana State governor, Lew Wallace began professional life as a lawyer and state senator. He'd even joined the Union Army during the Civil War, rising to the rank of major general.

He's More Than a Brand

October 28, 2013 / brand, gospel, Jesus, heart

The clues were all there, written down for everyone to read. But time had obscured their meaning. Like accumulated layers of sediment, expectations had built up that no longer resembled the original inscription. But the people were ready. When the time came for all to be fulfilled, they were ready. They just weren’t ready for … Him.

Scripture says simply that the “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came unto His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10, 11).


October 01, 2013 / Steve Vistaunet

It should have been a simple task, but approaching strangers has never been my strong point. So when I finally made the effort, and she turned in my direction, all intelligent thought abandoned ship.

Now, such thought often abandons my ship at the most inconvenient times. In my experience, cogent cognizance can seldom be reserved ahead of time. And this time I had no such reservation.