Tuck’s Blog

Mark of God’s Favor

In 1516, Albert of Brandenburg bought from the Vatican the right to become Archbishop of Mainz.   That position didn’t come cheaply; he raised funds to finance his position through the sale of indulgences, an act of mercy granted by the church.  There is much more to it, of course, but essentially the indulgence purchased the…

Let His “Yes” Be Your “Yes”

Brother Smith was a guy who became an elder, not because of his selfless leadership, but because he was an expert politician. No matter what was going on in the church, everyone thought that Brother Smith agreed with them. That was until one Sunday when a little issue became a big blow-out, and a rushed…

Independence Day

This week, our nation observed its 241st birthday (today is my birthday too; my cake didn’t have quite that many candles). Some were a bit surprised that our service Sunday made no mention of “Independence Day.”  Some churches often make a big deal of July 4; some churches, in fact, dedicate entire services  to it. …

Eye of the Beholder

Constantine Tischendorf was doing research in the Holy Land in 1859, searching for old Greek manuscripts.  He asked the monks of the Monastery of Saint Catherine at the foot of Mount Sinai if they had any old documents that he could study, and was given a bundle of worthless papers that had been collecting dust…