Holier Than Thou

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 The phrase “Holier Than Thou” drips with sanctimonious superiority. It conjures the image of someone smug about the ways they abstain from immorality and avoid questionable practices. Someone confident in his or her own efforts to rigorously avoid being contaminated by secular, worldly, or frivolous pursuits. I am reminded of people […]

Lessons Stirred by International Travel

While traveling with our group through Israel and Jordan, I was reminded of how quickly new acquaintances can become friends. As a group of 26 people, some who had never met each other prior to the trip, we cared for each other in numerous ways as we shared snacks, jackets and even medications as needed. […]