SCALIA SERMON SPARKLED WITH GOSPEL GOLD

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. When the family of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia finalized his funeral arrangements, their choice of a clergyman was undoubtedly unanimous. Paul Scalia, the sixth of Mr. and Mrs. Scalia's nine children and thirty-five grandchildren, is a Catholic priest who serves the diocese of Arlington, Virginia, … [Read more...]

Family Notes 26/02/2016

THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. GRACEMAIL SUBSCRIBER HONORED AS CO- FOUNDER OF JAPANESE UNIVERSITY Harry Robert Fox, 94, is an enthusiastic gracEmail subscriber. But far more than that, he is a true Jesus man who, even on hospice care, seems not to think of his own interests as he seeks to tell everyone he encounters about the Savior. Fox … [Read more...]

Family Notes 24/02/2016

THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber asks if we know why the New Testament book of Hebrews was written. * * * Yes we do, although we don’t know exactly to whom, when, where, or precisely what was going on then and there among those people. But we do know that for a variety of reasons the original recipients of Hebrews were … [Read more...]

LIFE, NOT LISTS

THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. During a mission trip to Jamaica, my brother Benjamin was talking with a young girl who suddenly asked, “Sir, are you a Christian?” Benji said that he was. Obviously troubled, she responded, “But you have an earring.” He smiled and said “Yes, I’m a Christian man with an earring.” At an international Christian … [Read more...]

Family Notes 19/02/2016

THE NINETEENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. JUSTICE SCALIA LECTURE -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lectured at the Lanier Theological Library ("LTL") on September 6, 2013. His topic was, "Is Capitalism or Socialism More Conducive to Christian Virtue?" This lecture, like all Antonin Scalia presentations, was profound but easily understood. To … [Read more...]

Family Notes 17/02/2016

THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. HEBREWS TREASURY -- No book of the Bible is more full of Jesus, more attuned to daily life in the 21st century, and more relevant as a word of encouragement than the book of Hebrews. For the next few weeks, our gracEmail family notes will include two items related to Hebrews. First, a piece of a conversation … [Read more...]

THREE CHEERS FOR LOVE

THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Do you remember waiting, perhaps in second or third grade, for Valentine's Day to finally arrive? In the elementary school I attended, excitement filled the air as we personally exchanged our cards (probably homemade and hand-colored) from boxes decorated just for the occasion. Of course, you had a lovely … [Read more...]

Family Notes 10/02/2016

THE TENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. HEBREWS TREASURY -- It might come as a surprise to many Christians today, but there is no book of the Bible more full of Jesus, more attuned to daily life in the 21st century, and more relevant as a word of encouragement than the book of Hebrews. For the next few weeks, our gracEmail family notes will include two items … [Read more...]

CHANGE FROM INSIDE OR OUT

THE SEVENTH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber has a vision of what it means to be like Christ, but she feels completely helpless to change her thoughts, words, and deeds to bring that vision to fulfillment. Does scripture provide any guidance or inspiration in resolving this common and widespread problem? * * * God does not merely … [Read more...]

MOODY SPEAKS . . . HERE FOR OTHERS . . . FIVE DAVIDS RECOMMEND

THE THIRD DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. HEAR MOODY AND SANKEY -- Dwight L. Moody was the "Billy Graham" of the 19th century and an important figure in the history of evangelistic methods and organization. So far as is known, only one brief recording of his voice survives -- in which the evangelist reads the Beatitudes. Moody's singer was Ira D. Sankey, … [Read more...]