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Pointing People a Step Closer to Jesusby Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
The Most Hated Man in Capernaum. A short short taken from the Gospel account of the calling of Levi (Matthew) the tax collector, and Jesus' saying, that a doctor comes to heal the sick, not seek out the healthy.
The Paradox of Voluntary Slavery. Thoughts on 'selling oneself to do evil,' and the Kinsman-Redeemer Jesus who buys back the slaves and sets them free.
People Aren't Really 'Lost' ... Are They? A careful study of Jesus' teaching in the Gospels.
Just What Is the Gospel? A simple answer to a profound question. The Joyful Heart, July 21, 2007.
"Seeking," reflections on seeking the Seeking God. June 17, 2001.
"Hosea's Love Song", Valentine's Day, 2000.
"Scared to Death of Smiling", The Joyful Heart, August 24, 1999. On loneliness, fear, and smiling.
"My El Capitan," The Joyful Heart, July 1999. Recounts the awe of the mighty Rock.
"You're Israelites, Aren't You?" The Joyful Heart, September, 1998. A Fictional Retelling of the Story of Rahab the Harlot
"Is Christianity a Crutch? Yes!" Acorns, January 22, 1993, pp. 1-2. People do need crutches, and Jesus is a much healthier crutch than the chemical or psychological props most people use.
"Light Blindness," Acorns, pp. 1-3. The search for truth as symbolized in the healing of the man born blind.
"Shiny Red Sports Car," Acorns, May 8, 1992, pp. 1-2. Contrasts American folk religion of salvation by works with God's grace. Evangelistic.
"But I Keep the Golden Rule" an answer to this common unbeliever's claim.
"Hey, Jesus, I'll Catch You on TV," a humorous conversation between a Yuppie and the Jesus he used to follow. Useful for an outreach pamphlet perhaps.
"The Great Earthworm Race," Sunday Digest, April 25, 1993, pp. 6-7. Also in Evangel, August 22, 1993, p. 7; Standard, September 19, 1993, pp. 1-2 A humorous piece about seeking God's direction in our lives.
"I Won't Force My Kids to Go to Church," a tongue-in-cheek rationale for letting children reach legal age before being exposed to church.
"The Freedom of Commitment," examines the paradox that the most committed people are the freest to express their true selves.
"Vacating" on vacations and returning to work--and to church.
"How to Raise a Darling Heathen Child," a tongue-in-cheek look at passing on our faith to our children.
"Soul Thirst," a call to search for God afresh.
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