Kerux Christou, aka Herb's Blurbs

Kerux Christou is a phrase from New Testament Greek meaning “herald of Christ,” i.e., a preacher.

What do you think about cremation?

A very common question.  I’m asked quite frequently whether it is OK to cremate.  This is a question of real moment and concern, especially to older people for whom death is (a more consciously imminent) looming reality. People are often quite torn up about this (though many have probably never even considered that it is […]

Prayer in Jesus’ Name

We can be mindlessly formulaic at times.  Once, when working on the staff of a medical practice, I returned a patient telephone call.  I got her voice mail and proceeded to leave a detailed message concerning prescriptions, dosages, etc.  As I wrapped the message up I reached that point in the telephone formula where I […]

Incredulous Prayer – Answered Unanswered Prayers

We’ve been considering the topic of unanswered prayer.  Why does God not answer our prayers?  We’ve seen many reasons the Bible gives for this: God answers the prayers of his children, prayers prayed according to his will, prayers prayed in faith, and so on.  We’ve also seen that some prayers are answered “Yes!,” but we […]

Unanswered Prayer: Justice Delayed

We’ve been considering the problem of unanswered prayer.  Why didn’t God answer prayer X?  What gives?  Jesus says we should ask, seek, and knock – the one who asks will receive; the one who seeks finds; to the one who knocks the door will be opened.  Yet…my prayer hasn’t been answered. Now we’ve seen there […]

Unanswered Prayer: Be more Impudent!

Kids have a knack for wearing their parents down.  Generally if I ask for something and the answer is “No!”, I don’t keep asking.   That’s my answer.  But my kids never had that trouble (and I’ve never seen anyone else’s kids have that problem either).  They ask, and they keep on asking, until they get […]