Tag Archives: Scripture

Save It for Those Who Listen

“I am used to better things,” said the Beetle. “Do you call this place pretty? Why there is not even a dung heap.”  The beetle, in Hans Christian Andersen’s story by that name, may be an example of what Scripture calls an arrogant cynic (Proverbs 9:7-12, The Message version). Not only did the beetle believe […]

Read It Another Way

We go through life doing the same things in the same way because it’s how we’ve always done it. Those tried and true methods work for us. However, switching things around a bit often sheds new light on a situation, thought, or action. It can bring us to a higher level of understanding. There are […]

Ask and You Shall Receive

In The Snow Queen, Gerda was frightened, and she prayed the Our Father. Gerda could see her breath in the cold air, and her breath turned into angels. The angels protected and led her to the Snow Queen’s Palace. By praying the Our Father, Gerda’s prayer was answered. She asked for guidance and protection, and […]

Peace Begins with You and Me

What a tumultuous world we live in. No one can dispute the fact that our world is in turmoil. Economic disparity, religious conflicts, racial and gender discrimination, substance abuse, greed, jealousy, and vengefulness are global flash points. At any moment, in any location, our fragile film of peace can, and often does, rip open into […]

Fairy Tales and Miracles

Fairy tales are the stuff dreams are made of, and dreams do come true. So do miracles. The weak become strong, the small are the giants, and the ugly and down-trodden rise to the top. We see this in fairy tales such as with the Ugly Duckling that grows into a beautiful swan, tiny Thumbelina […]

Twisting the Truth

Want a fun way to pray and ponder Scripture? Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message pairs passages from Andersen’s fairy tales with The Message (Scripture in contemporary language). Here is a sampling from the book: “But he has nothing on!” said a little child. “Just listen to the innocent!” said the child’s father. But […]

Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message

Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message. What can such a title mean? Well, think fairy tales and Bible. My newest book, Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message, pairs passages from some of our favorite fairy tales (Emperor’s New Clothes, Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier) with Scripture. It’s an […]