Rev. Dr. Phil Booe

It is human nature to share the good things we experience in our life with others. If you go on a trip, you write on the postcard, “Wish you were here!” If you go out to a restaurant and you find your meal delicious, you don’t keep it to yourself. You say to the person with you, “Here, try this.”...
There is a misunderstanding around Jesus’ words, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” The idea is that Christians have no right to call out anyone when they sin, since we all sin. Well, that’s not what Jesus teaches, and his words in Luke 17:1-5 prove it. Jesus does not want sin within the Christian...
Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my word.” (John 14:23-24). What a humbling reminder from the lips of Jesus himself. Jesus’ teaching here could not be...
The cover of Time magazine dated April 8, 1966, posed the question, “Is God Dead?” The idea was that humanity had outgrown its need for God. It was a controversial position, but it wasn’t new. Since the Garden of Eden, humankind has, in sinful pride, tried to separate itself from its Creator, to...
In the first chapter of Luke, the Holy Spirit makes us witnesses of two miraculous encounters. First, the angel Gabriel appears to the priest Zechariah and reveals to him that his wife, Elizabeth, will bear a child even in her advanced age. They were to name this miracle child John, and he would...
With a rise in yet another variant of COVID, the discussion around vaccines is getting heated again. Around dinner tables, out in public, and even in the parking lots of our churches, people are divided about what they believe is the right answer. Nowhere is this battle more fervent, however, than...
Think back to when you were a child. Do you ever remember doing something wrong and trying to hide it from your parents? As a kid you probably got yourself in all sorts of trouble. Sometimes your parents knew what you had done and other times they had no clue! But that still didn’t keep you from...
Is there a more iconic Christian image than Jesus as the Good Shepherd and his people as his sheep? It’s in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.” You can find it in Revelations 7, “The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd.” And in the Gospel of John 10:27,...
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