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Author Larry Wilson

Kenny Rogers and the First Edition did a song back when I was a young man titled “Tell It All.” The song said, “…tell it all before we fall, tell it all.” We live in a world of half-truths, where people give half-baked answers that become slogans that are then oft repeated and believed by […] Read More

“In all matters, with the exception of religion, it doesn’t matter whether something is true or not but rather whether people perceive it is true and act upon it.”   So said my history professor at Gardner-Webb College, and for a while I thought the statement was brilliant. He believed it, but I have found […] Read More

We Need Jubilee

We must remember and care for our fellow travelers on this beautiful planet and treat them not as competitors, but as if they were Jesus who said that he could be found among the little ones. Proclaiming with Jesus the year of Jubilee is our only hope for restoration. The Spirit of the Lord is […] Read More

Seeing Our Sin

I remember talking with two friends before the fall of the Soviet Union telling them I believed the U.S.S.R. would start to crumble and would no longer exist within five years. They thought I had lost my mind. Our country had defined the Soviet Union as totally evil and had given it an aura of […] Read More

Suffering is at the heart of the Christian gospel. The Gospels themselves are stories, with long introductions, about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus calls us to choose suffering for the sake of His kingdom as He himself chose to suffer for the Kingdom of God. We say that His suffering redeems us–but […] Read More

Midway through the Sermon on the Mount there is the passage from Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.” Just before is scripture that calls us to community, “Blessed are the merciful, for […] Read More

The Kingdom that Jesus taught is ultimate reality–reality that cannot be transgressed without dire consequences. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23.)Because the Kingdom of God is ultimate reality, we have trouble living up to its standards, but life would be abundantly better if we could. It is sin that separates us from ultimate […] Read More

“Preachers,” said Lewis Perkins, “are what’s wrong with the world.” I confess I have very few close friends whose vocation is the same as mine. Growing up, I did not like many preachers. They seemed to me less than genuine. When I read the Bible, I found it to be much less about the afterlife […] Read More

Jesus speaks community into existence and warns against all things that separate us from community. When Jesus is asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” he says: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And […] Read More

I heard Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine say years ago that one out of every seven verses in the Bible spoke to the proper use of money. If one-seventh of the Bible tells us how to dispose of our wealth, why then does the church that claims priority of Scripture so rarely proclaim these texts? […] Read More