Archive for November, 2013

Touching the World

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Jesus had just commissioned His disciples to be witnesses to the ends of the earth 40 days earlier. The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost “men from every nation under heaven were gathered in Jerusalem” (Acts 2:5), and what happened? They heard the gospel in their own language. It was if Jesus was saying, “This is what I was talking about!” They had not yet gone to the nations, but Jesus was bringing the nations to them to hear the gospel.

We are finding increasing numbers of opportunities to connect with people from around the world right where we live. We recently connected with a Palestinian Muslim family down the street as we chatted with the older …

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Stress and Joy of Homecoming

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Why is it that we become so self-conscious as our school’s homecoming approaches? What are our former classmates going to think of us? Will they recognize me with gray hair, or no hair at all, and carrying an inner-tube around my waist? What if I don’t seem to have been as successful as others? Next year will be my 50th anniversary class reunion, but living just a few blocks from my alma mater we usually join the festivities each year.

The honored 50-year reunion class of of 1963 included many close friends who were just ahead of me, so we enjoyed a delightful weekend filled with surprise encounters with those we had not seen since college days. It was an …

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