Thad didn’t have a choice. He commuted on foot to work each night, and his route took him through a dangerous section of town and down a darkened block with a broken streetlight. His whole body tensed for about three minutes as he passed that way, nerves jumpy, ears alert. But they were as quiet as cats the night they attacked him, and he never heard them coming. In the darkest spot on the street, a hand grabbed his shoulders and pulled him into the alley.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Until recently, Christians in America felt protected by the First Amendment to enjoy the freedom to worship where and when we chose. The COVID pandemic shocked us into a new reality – as our right to assemble together was quickly and forcefully removed due to health concerns during the pandemic.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Throughout Scripture we read of individuals discovering new dimensions of God’s faithfulness and character in the midst of their trials. That doesn’t mean they never questioned “Why?”
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – An oft-heard phrase about living in our world today states that the problem with daily living is that it is so daily. Each day brings new challenges and opportunities into our lives, and even though we like to think we are in control, some things are beyond our ability to control or even manage successfully.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Ida Scudder came from a long line of missionaries; but Ida herself had no interest in following in their footsteps. She’d seen firsthand the pressure and poverty of missionary work in India, and she wanted a higher standard of living without the prolonged, painful separations she’d suffered as a child.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – King Solomon ruled the nation of Israel in peace for 39 years during the mid-tenth century B.C. At that time, the borders of Israel extended from the Euphrates River to the edge of Egypt.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Wherever you live in the world, there is plenty to see at Christmas. And while I love our American Christmas traditions, I have to admit that a lot of what catches my eye has precious little to do with the true reason for the season. Let’s take a look at how we can put our focus where it should be this Christmas.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – There is no doubt the content of information and how it is used makes the difference in how we perceive it. The recent election season in the United States illustrates that point eloquently. This is not a new idea. In 1939, the British government knew events were coming that could break the spirit, and possibly the will, of British citizens.
Do you ever get the feeling that there is no such thing as having enough in our world? We live in a culture where there is an incessant pressure to add on to existing things.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – “Pietàs” – sculptures of Mary grieving over her crucified Son – were so called because of the meaning of pietà in Italian: “compassion.” Other English words for pietà are “mercy, pity, and piety,” all of which are conveyed when one gazes upon Michelangelo’s Pietà.