Jul8WedJuly 8, 2020
Is God angry with us all the time, or is he something we never expected?
“When the person from whom I have the right to expect nothing gives me everything.” That’s Michael Card’s working definition of the Hebrew word no one knows how to translate: Hesed . And here’s the bottom line: If you don’t know...
Jun24WedJune 24, 2020
We were taking our morning walk on an early June beach vacation when a runner approached from the opposite direction. But something looked wrong. I couldn’t tell what at first, but as the person neared, I thought, that’s a huge woman. She was at least six-feet four-inches tall, in pink and blue running gear, wearing large...
Jun17WedJune 17, 2020
Back in the ’90s, when the Christian men’s movement was booming, and books on godly masculinity were flying off the shelves, I attended a men’s conference with several well-known speakers. Among them was Steve Farrar, author of the bestseller, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family.
One of the small-group exercises popular in...
Jun10WedJune 10, 2020
If you are heartsick at all the hatred and strife going on in our country right now, I have an encouraging story for you.
My wife and I recently returned from a beach vacation. It will come as no surprise to those who understand ministry life that I do my best not to look pastoral on these trips. I wear shorts, sandals, and sunglasses...
May20WedMay 20, 2020
Turmoil. Grief. Anxiety. Are you acquainted with any of these? Of course, you are, especially during this pandemic. How do you soothe them? Where do you find solace? Allow me to recommend the sea.
Few things soothe my soul like the sea. Visting the shore is an opportunity to engage with God through the majesty of his creation on a level that is...
May6WedMay 6, 2020
This is a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly over all Europe.
For this victory, we join in offering our thanks to the Providence, which has guided and sustained...
Apr29WedApril 29, 2020
Years ago, preachers learned to do their work with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. If we are not connecting the sacred text to what is happening in the world, we aren’t doing our jobs. Now the internet, smartphones, and tablets substitute for physical newspapers, but the task is still the same. We need a steady stream of...
Apr22WedApril 22, 2020
If you enjoy Fixer-Upper as we do, you know that there is a formula for the popular TV show. A family-friendly couple is looking for an all-American home in Waco, Texas. They view three houses Chip & Jo have selected for them. Joanna wants to open the floor plan and remodel the kitchen, add crown molding, and of course, shiplap. Chip cuts up...
Apr8WedApril 8, 2020
At the end of Act I in the 2016 film, Risen, a cynical Pilate probes his Tribune, Clavius, “Your ambition is noticed. Where do you hope it will lead?”
“Rome. Position. Power,” says Clavius.
“Wealth, a good family, someday a place in the country.”
“Where you will find?”
Apr1WedApril 1, 2020
ANXIETY, I am not immune to it. I doubt you are either, especially now. Yet something Jesus said just before his crucifixion reminds me that we have a choice about our anxieties.
The Apostle John described the scene for us in chapters thirteen and fourteen of his gospel. Jesus, already in Jerusalem for the Passover feast, was in the upper room...