TWO RABBINIC PARABLES UNCOVERED

THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The tale of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 has long been a magnet for controversy. Does it report actual events or is it a parable? Should we read it literally or does it convey truth in symbols? What is the backdrop before which this drama unfolds? Does it picture some state between death and … [Read more...]

GRACE GOES FULL CIRCLE

THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Jesus-people are generous by nature. Most of them regularly support with gifts of time, talent, and treasure a wide variety of workers and works that they desire to perpetuate, enable and encourage. They give because they love God and in gratitude for his mercy and kindness. Many of us serve God as both givers and … [Read more...]

Forty-niners tomorrow

THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Tomorrow, June 23, 2016 marks the completion of 49 years in the marriage of Sara Faye Locke and Edward William Fudge. It is customary to make a grand celebration on a couple's fiftieth matrimonial anniversary. However, there is no magic in numbers, our lives are like a fleeting shadow, and today I wish to pay … [Read more...]

How my father taught me to forgive

THE NINETEENTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Today is Father's Day in the United States, and since neither the biological offspring (the child) nor the generating parent (the father) chooses the other, a positive father-child relationship is the product of both divine grace and human effort. I had a good but imperfect father by the name of Bennie Lee Fudge, … [Read more...]

Family Notes 15/06/2016

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. SIMPLE, GODLY, MOVING Thumbing through my local Houston Chronicle this weekend, I came upon the "Beliefs" section of the newspaper, which happened to feature a sermon by Dodie Osteen, mother of PastorJoel Osteen of Lakewood Church. As I read the sermon, I was both touched and again impressed with the sweetness and … [Read more...]

THOROUGHLY GUILTY — NOW RECONCILED

THE TWELFTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A graceEmail subscriber asks what Paul means when he says in Ephesians 2 that once we all were children of wrath. Likewise David in Psalm 51 when confessing that he was conceived in sin. * * * Some believers suggest that both David and Paul are deliberately overstating the matter to make a point. But there is more to … [Read more...]

Discernment needed regarding Baylor scandal

THE EIGHTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. [Full disclosure: I am a Baylor dad (and an ACU dad), an acquaintance and fan of Ken Starr, and a forgiven sinner. I abhor wrongdoing by anyone, including myself. I try to be objective but probably never fully attain it. These are my known biases relevant to this gracEmail.] The news broke on May 26. Several members … [Read more...]

INVESTING WISELY

THE FIFTH DAY OF JUNE IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A research firm asked Americans ranging from poor to very wealthy how much money they would need to feel happy and secure, and they all answered about the same. Across the board, happiness and security required only a 20% raise in income over present salary. And once basic needs are met, more income does not necessarily … [Read more...]