Cecilia Gimenez approached the Christ painting "Ecce Homo" by Elias Garcia Martinez

Ruining Jesus: More False Images of the God of Grace

You may remember, but in 2013, a woman famously ruined Jesus. While she probably had good intentions, the 82-year-old Spanish pensioner named Cecilia Gimenez turned an oil fresco painted in the Misericordia Church in Borja, Spain, into an abomination described by the BBC as resembling a “crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey.” Her restoration of the 1910 depiction of Christ…

The War Manual of Love

I had the privilege of taking part in a “commissioning ceremony” for the son of a dear friend on his 18th birthday. I was asked to impart something on the topic of ‘Love.’ Here’s what I shared:  The First and Second Great Commandments are: to love God, to love others. The world has a polite…

What Does it Take to Obey?

Reprinted from the sermon archives of the late Bible teacher, Ray Stedman: “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21). To read this, “Obey Me, and…