Entries by Roger Kunkel

The Lamplighter

It is an old story, but it is true and it is good. The famous British author John Ruskin one night in his later years, sat watching a lamplighter who, with a torch in his hand, was lighting the lamps on a distant hill. The man himself could not be seen, but the lights would […]

Why Does God Do That?

The pain of this world is an opportunity for us to be an instrument of God’s redemptive healing. Or said another way, we have the opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ in the midst of someone else’s pain. Dr. James Stewart, the brilliant professor of the New Testament of Edinburgh, Scotland once made a […]

You Are Not Alone

I saw a cartoon not long ago that caught my attention. A woman is standing in front of a desk at the Missing Persons Bureau. A police officer is sitting at the desk, pencil in hand, taking down the information the woman has obviously come in to give him. This conversation takes place: “My husband […]

What Are You For?

Friend of Dial Hope, one of the common mistakes in religion is made by people who try to live on negatives, people who are whiners. They are against that, but do not seem to be emphatically for something of their own allegiance. They can tell you with deep emotion what they are against, but if […]

Share These Gifts!

The musical “Godspell” has many wonderful scenes. One of my favorites is a scene toward the end when Jesus is with his disciples in the Upper Room. He takes a bucket of water, a rag, and a mirror, and he goes to his disciples, each in turn, and washes away their painted clown faces. Then […]

God’s Management

We often see a sign over stores reading “under new management.” Friend of Dial Hope, when God takes over the management of our lives we may still blunder and we may still present the same old face to the world, but there is hope of a new beat, a new spirit, a new honesty, a […]

Assurance of Help

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites. “l will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” In The Message, Eugene Peterson translates Psalm 121 this way: “l look up to the mountains; does my strength come from the mountains? […]

Changes Along the Journey

Lilian Carter, the mother of Jimmy Carter once said, “Every time I think I’m getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.” It is so true – life is filled with delightful detours, if we are looking for them. Some changes of pace just happen to us; others we create along the […]


In Psalm 8:1 we read: “O, Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” The sun was taking its last breath of day and the moon began to shine in its place of honor. Only a small sliver of moon was scheduled to show, but it arrogantly glinted on the opposite […]

Dealing with Worry

Friend of Dial Hope, how are you dealing with worry? Worry is a major contributor to physical illness. But we must not confuse worry with concern. We should be concerned about the conditions of the world, the plight of the poor, the diseased, the abuse of children. We should be concerned about our health. Sometimes […]