Tuck’s Blog

That’s Why They Call It “Gospel”

In today’s reading (Acts 16:1-3), Paul meets Timothy and wants to take him along on his missionary journey, but he first has him circumcised.  This at first surprises us, knowing Paul’s staunch refusal to do the same for Titus (Gal 2:3).  Paul wrote constantly to condemn those who preached circumcision, at one point saying that…

Nip It in the Bud

Starting a quarrel is easy… stopping one is another matter altogether. Disputes take on a life of their own once the match has been lit. Solomon says that the best way to stop a quarrel is before it starts, “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. (Proverbs…

At the Heart of Worship

I remember reading somewhere about a doorman who was set to retire after working at a Broadway theater for more than forty years.  The theater threw him a party, and a reporter was there for a human-interest story. He asked, “Of all the Broadway plays that have come through this theater, which has been your…

It Didn’t Work?

“I tried that once; it doesn’t work.” That statement was made not about the latest weight loss plan or late-night infomercial gizmo. It was made about prayer. The person had evidently asked God for something important and he didn’t get it, so prayer was now off his list. I wasn’t completely sure he was completely being…