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The Big Mac or the Ten Commandments?

by Terry Lanford on June 8th, 2016

I read about a survey done a few years ago that said 80% of Americans can recognize the ingredients in a Big Mac to 60% who can recognize a statement as one of the Ten Commandments.  Let’s see. How does it go? I remember a little song: “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”  I am not sure that’s exactly correct but it’s close and I am showing my age. McDonald’s certainly had a very effective marketing program. Do you know the Ten Commandments as well as you know an advertising jingle?

The Walking Dead

by Terry Lanford on April 28th, 2016

I have a number of friends who watch the popular television show, “The Walking Dead.” I tried an episode but just couldn’t get into it. My friends say they watch for the drama. I find that funny, yet I cannot point a judging finger because I have also temporarily suspended rational thought and enjoyed weird, bizarre and totally unreal stories. I guess I am not a dead head. Zombie stories are not my thing. Having said that, there is story I like that’s found in Scripture about a guy who died, decayed and came back to life.  Who knew?

How Does Bluetooth Relate to Lepers?

by Terry Lanford on March 2nd, 2016

Bluetooth technology allows Bluetooth equipped electronic devices to communicate via a short range wireless link. Bluetooth technology was named for a second century king of Denmark, Harald Bluetooth, who united Scandinavia. Mobile phones can be connected wirelessly to laptops, radios and audio speakers. Bluetooth bridges gaps and unites equipment that a few years ago required expensive cables. A miracle of Jesus, while having nothing to do with technology that came alone two thousand years later, illustrates the critical importance of bridging a significant gap. 

Why Have Dinner With Pharisees?

by Terry Lanford on February 18th, 2016

At every turn, Jesus had conflict with the Pharisees. He had harshly condemned them because of their greed and wickedness, so why did they invite Him to dinner (Luke 11:37-52)? Why did He accept their invitation?  

What Trumps Our Boundaries?

by Terry Lanford on February 16th, 2016

Luke 13:10-17

Why Wash in a Pool Called Sent?

by Terry Lanford on February 11th, 2016

After rubbing dirt and saliva in the blind man’s eyes, Jesus sent the man to the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). John tells us that Siloam means “sent.” How the pool earned this name is not clear. Jesus, who was sent by the Father, sent the blind man to wash in a pool called sent. The man is healed and quickly becomes a witness of the power of Christ. 

Why Saliva and Dirt? (John 9 - Reversing Tragedy- Part 2)

by Terry Lanford on February 8th, 2016

After He (Jesus) said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes.  “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. - John 9:6-7

Jesus put spit and dirt in the blind man’s eyes! We know that Jesus healed others with just a word or a touch. In fact, Jesus healed some, like the Roman centurion’s servant, who’s physical location was many miles away (Luke 7:1-10). Why use mud?

Reversing Tragedy- Blind from Birth (John 9 - Part 1)

by Terry Lanford on February 2nd, 2016

There he sat in total darkness. There was light all around but he could not comprehend it. When Jesus and His disciples came upon this man who was blind from birth, the disciples wanted to turn the man’s tragic situation into a theological discussion. They asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind” (John 9:2)?  Jesus said “neither” and preceded to move the conversation toward revelation and compassion.

A Coin in the Mouth of a Fish (A Strange Way to Meet a Need)

by Terry Lanford on January 19th, 2016

A cartoon-like picture of a fish with a coin in its mouth can be found in classic children’s Bible story books as an illustration of Matthew 17:24-27. While that simple picture is an accurate depiction of the miracle, it does not convey the deeper spiritual meaning of the surrounding story

Matthew 17:24-27 (HCS)

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?”

From Glory To Gory and Back Again

by Terry Lanford on January 13th, 2016

One can only imagine what Peter, James and John felt as they witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. “His clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.  Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:3-4). In the afterglow of that supernatural experience, the three disciples and Jesus came down from the mountain to find the other nine disciples surrounded by a crowd and arguing with the teachers of the law. (See Mark 9:14-29)

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