When Bad Things Happen to Good People

In the 1990s, I photographed weddings as a way to supplement my income. In working with a bride and groom, I often got to know them pretty well. Many times, it was a double blessing because I knew the couple as personal friends, too. So it was with a couple I had known for quite some time. They were active, …

Finding Your One Thing

As a high school and college student, my life revolved around band. As a member of the marching band first at Ankeny High School and then at Arizona State University, I essentially lived with my fellow band mates. We practiced two hours a day, attended every home football game, and travelled together to compete. As a musician, I never attended …

Exploding Your Comfort Zone

If there is a theme from Acts 8-11, it is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ spreading beyond Jerusalem to Samaria and the outer parts of the world. We see Philip proclaim Christ in Samaria in Acts 8, the conversion of Saul in Acts 9, and then the conversion of Cornelius and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to …

The Turning Point

I’ve always been fascinated by the turning points of history. Sometimes you know it when you are witnessing a turning point. They are usually events that grab your attention immediately, and you never forget where you were when you first heard the news. The assassination of JFK and 9/11 are two examples that come to mind. Other events are much …

Turning Point

I’ve always been fascinated by the turning points of history. Sometimes you know it when you are witnessing a turning point. They are usually events that grab your attention immediately, and you never forget where you were when you first heard the news. The assassination of JFK and 9/11 are two examples that come to mind. Other events are much …

Peter: the Rock

Following the vivid description of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus in the first part of Acts 9, Dr. Luke returns to the key figure and most prominent leader in the first half of Acts–the Apostle Peter. There could not be a greater contrast between Peter and Paul. One was the son of privilege with impeccable credentials and pedigree, the …

When a Monster Becomes a Christian

As we saw in Acts 7 & 8, Saul of Tarsus was a harsh persecutor of the early church. Luke describes men and women being dragged from their homes and thrown into prison. Clearly, with the death of Stephen, we know that life was no longer sacred to the persecutors. Saul was the face of evil to the early Christians. …

Contenders and Pretenders

In Acts 6-8, Luke gives us an interesting look at the continual battle between the true believers in Jesus Christ, and those who are in it for their own selfish purposes. To begin, Luke describes the dramatic confrontation between Stephen, a true contender for the faith, and the religious leadership of the Jewish council, whom we know from the gospels …