Risk and Reward

By Miriam Riad Throughout Scripture, we see that followers of Jesus are required to take risks. Whether it is risk of social status, risk of losing possessions, or even risk of their very lives, Christians are called to this life of abandonment. One of my favorites passages of Scripture is Mark 10, where Jesus has continue reading »

Not our own

(Post by Miriam Riad) “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7 There’s a song that we sing a lot at my church, called “Great Are You Lord.” And every time we continue reading »

Finding Justice in Proverbs

I am in the middle of preparing a sermon on Proverbs.  To prepare I took 31 to read through the book. I was supposed to speak on speaking.  Easy enough.  Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. It is good sound wisdom too.  That is how I think of Proverbs – full continue reading »

Inoculations Against Compassion?

Compassion, the dictionary tells us, is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  This, frankly, does not sound pleasant.  It sounds almost like a sickness, a disease. No wonder we avoid it.  At least I think we do. It continue reading »

To resolve or not to resolve . . .

There seems to be two camps on New Year’s resolutions. One, – yes let’s make them. Camp twois a no. Camp one says we should make resolutions to change, grow, be different. Lose weight, read books, mend fences etc. But the nay sayers, if social media is any indicator, seem to be a growing group continue reading »