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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

Our Abominable Value System

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Some of the most puzzling events in the New Testament for me were the times (there were more than one) Jesus cast out the money changers from the Temple.[1] I wasn’t puzzled over what he did, but how and why the money changers were able to conduct their business within the Temple compound. It was done in the gentile sector, but the whole Temple area must have smelled like a stable, and what worshiper had privacy enough to be intimate with God in prayer in such a public place? It not only smelled badly, but was more similar to a noisy market than the House of God. What was going on? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

Economics According to Jesus

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I had often wondered about Jesus’ words to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-23.[1] Jesus told him that, if he wished to be perfect (mature in his faith), he needed to sell all he had and give it to the poor, and then he could come and follow Jesus. If every believer did what Jesus said here, Christianity would be understood as a religion of the poor and foolish. While there is nothing wrong about being called foolish for doing as Jesus says we should do, and there is certainly nothing sinful about being poor, still I have to wonder, if Jesus really wanted everyone to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, in order to be one of his mature disciples. Where is the wisdom in Jesus’ words in this scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Jesus’ Reputation

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Have you ever wondered how people saw you—what they thought of you?[1] What have you done, or perhaps didn’t do, simply in order to enhance an image of yourself that you wanted folks to embrace? I remember my days as a teenager and how the right clothes seemed so important. I am so amused whenever I view of photo of myself taken just before I picked up my date for the junior prom. I wouldn’t want to be found dead dressed like that today! I remember embarrassing moments growing up when people saw me from a perspective I tried to hide. Often it is difficult to see through a façade, but we get better at it as we get older. Funny, though, that most of us never learn to reject pretense completely and simply let others see us as we are. Why do you think that is so? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

Legislating God!

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Perhaps is it just me, but I think that there is something really wrong in our approach to the world, when we are known more for the political party we embrace than for our relationship with Jesus.[1] Many people in the world see Christians as a political threat, rather than a religious choice. How would one explain the fact that, when Jesus was accused of making himself King (Luke 23:2), Pilate didn’t view him as a political threat to Caesar (John 18:33-38). My daughter was once told in her Sunday school class that it was difficult to see her as Christian, if she didn’t support a certain political party! Is God political? If Jesus came today instead of two millennia ago, would he be known for his political outlook? Would he belong to a political party? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Love’s Winning Way

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I was struck once as a member of a prayer group, praying for dozens of teams of two, leaving our church to canvas neighborhoods in nearby communities.[1] Their intent was to tell people of a certain evangelistic event coming to our church, hoping folks would agree to come and witness the affair. I recall that some training of the teams was given, but the thing that really stands out in my mind was the statement in the training exercise that, if we speak to ‘x’ number of people, a specific percentage of ‘x’ will come to the event. I wondered, “…where is the Holy Spirit in this labor?” After all, if the law of chance is able to predict the outcome of a given exercise, do we really need God to bring about what we know will occur? How would my praying affect the expected outcome? If I fall from a precipice, the law of gravity will bring me to the ground; I can pray that God will save me from the fall, but I don’t need to pray that God will do what gravity is expected to do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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No Room in the Inn!

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As I think about the scripture, Luke 2:7, I have to wonder about the inn’s metaphorical possibilities for today.[1] Some have told us that the inn concerns the heart of man. If there is no room in one’s heart for Jesus, that one has decided to live for himself, or at least live his life without consideration of God. Probably the heart, as a metaphor, is accurate, possibly the most accurate of all possibilities. However, I would like to consider a more objective or visible metaphor in which there is no room for Jesus. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Is God Against Excellence?

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I would hardly think an Olympic champion began his race wanting to be last, yet the Lord tells us in Mark 9:35 that, if we wish to be first (or the greatest), we need to become last![1] What kind of contradictory economy is this? Is God against excellence? Does he reject becoming proficient in one’s ministry in his name or being the best we can be at what we do? I don’t think so, but it is true that a Kingdom worldview is decidedly different from what one could expect from this world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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