All posts by Stephen Schmidt

Hand reaching toward sunlight

From the Dust Bowl to Your Destiny

“Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran” (Gen 28:10) What could be possibly one of the most boring verses in the entire Bible suddenly jumped out at me with such intensity and meaning, I just had to stop and stare at it for a

Young Couple Enjoying Romantic Moments in Nature

Jesus Loves You. Here’s a Condom.

Weird situation at church yesterday. A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for our weekly men’s group to begin, and there was this plastic bucket sitting on the table in front of me, filled with condoms. All kinds of condoms. Colored, textured, lubricated,

Hands sculpture water fountain

Sometimes Less Really Is More

There’s something so appealing about the story in the Gospels of the poor widow throwing her two copper coins into the temple treasury, in contrast to the larger sums donated by wealthy patrons. It’s such a simple concept, anyone can understand it. Who can’t see

Black male hands resting on an open Bible

Walking on Water

I’ve had this little movie playing in my head this past week, that scene in the bible where Jesus walks across the Sea of Galilee, and Peter recklessly stepping out of the boat to walk to him. We all remember the story from Sunday School,

Stained glass window image of Jesus

What Would Jesus Do at a Pride Parade?

On June 1, 2009, President Barack Obama officially declared June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Of course, June has been Pride Month since the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, and there are parades and festivities occurring this month all around the