The story of King David and other Psalms are helpful.
The Rev. Eugene Curry, senior pastor, Park Hill Baptist Church: Translating animal names in ancient documents is notoriously tricky because the specific identity of the things mentioned can’t always be deduced from context alone. The “cockatrice” of the Old Testament is a great example of this.
This summer, I went to the movies. I didnt go to the cinema and order popcorn and a soda, but instead went to a local church and ate veggies and hummus. I didnt buy a ticket, but I gave my love offering. I didnt see the latest blockbuster, but I watched a little-known film about the plight of the Tibetan people.
As I stood there in the shower, the song that had so encouraged me before flitted through my troubled mind, and I began to sing. Shakily at first, the words pushed past the turmoil in my brain and came pouring out my mouth.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know we’re supposed to love everybody if we’re good Christians, but isn’t that unrealistic? Some people just aren’t very lovable (including some of our relatives we’ll have to be with at Christmas). It’s all I can do to put up with them for a few hours. — N.L.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m already depressed about Christmas. Last year, we resolved not to spend as much money or get so busy, but I can already tell that it’s not going to happen. How we can make Christmas what it ought to be, instead of this rat race? — E.J.
By now the story is an old one -- Mainline churches are in decline. And not just Mainliners, it turns out, but even some of the more evangelical branches of the faith