A Few Ugly Words about Beautiful People

One of the world’s leading fashion designers was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “I hate ugly people. Very depressing.” Well, if you look anything like me you almost feel you should apologize to the poor little petal: “Dear Mr. Fashion...

8 Awesome Tips to Use the Bible on Social Media

The Bible can be difficult to understand. Books have been written about how to study the Bible. Invariably they say that you should start by trying to understand what a passage meant to its original audience, to understand their culture, their history. There are...

Freedom in Grace

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on June 30, 2013. Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Freedom.  Freedom is a word that is almost synonymous with America.  We Americans love freedom, especially during this time of the year so close...

Spiritual Paths to Fruits of the Spirit: Part 2

This column makes two primary assumptions: that fruits of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5:22-23, form an excellent set of benchmarks for Christian maturity, and that a unique spiritual pathway for pursuing each benchmark exists. In the last column we explored...

Spiritual Paths to Fruits of the Spirit: Part 1

Congregational leaders have been in the news again, with “character” being the focus. One of the leadership responsibilities of a pastor is to lead by example. Pastors and priests are called to lead by displaying the characteristics of Christian maturity,...