Why Me, Lord?

By Steven Clark Goad We are daily surrounded by sorrow and grief and pain. Sometimes it seems unbearable. But we are forced to develop methods of coping with what often is unspeakable. Jean Paul Richter mused, “Joys are our wings—sorrow our spurs.” A preacher’s wife who developed Parkinson’s one year and the next year discovered […]


Holy Goodness

By Steven Clark Goad One particular Scripture text often puzzles me somewhat. It is the one where a ruler called Jesus “good teacher.” Our Lord’s response always takes me aback when I read it. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone” (Luke 18:19). Wow! Who could possibly hope […]

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In Nonessentials, Liberty

By Steven Clark Goad “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” This slogan is often quoted in various forms by leaders within the Restoration Movement. It’s a grand motto and one I especially cherish. Philip Schaff  (nineteenth century church historian) refers to this as “the watchword of Christian peacemakers.” I wish […]

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O Worship the King

By Steven Clark Goad   Somehow I’ve managed to avoid the worship wars that have raged over the years. I’ve missed whether to have contemporary songs flashed on the wall by PowerPoint or hunker down with more traditional assemblies. (What is a contemporary song anyway? Weren’t all songs contemporary when they were first presented? But […]

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Finally Debt Free

By Steven Clark Goad   “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).   Something that has been marketed in the last 50 years more than houses and cars and boats and trinkets is credit. We want what we want and we want it right now. But […]