Oct24WedFive Steps to Accurate Interpretation October 24, 2018
Eugene Peterson, best known for his paraphrase of the Bible, The Message , has died at age 85. One of Peterson’s lesser known works, Eat This Book , includes this challenging word: "The practice of dividing the Bible into numbered chapters and verses ... gives the impression that the Bible is a collection of thousands of self-contained...
Think for a moment about your Bible. Perhaps you have a favorite, but most American Christians have multiple versions. I’ve had an NIV Study Bible on my desk for over twenty years, an essential resource for my work. I carry a personal Bible in my briefcase, well-marked from years of prayer and preaching. And I have multiple versions...
Sep19WedWhat does freedom from sin really mean? September 19, 2018 Dane Skelton
“Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16.
From time to time people ask questions that remind me how deep the discouragement and how hard the battle with sinful impulses can be. One of those came from a friend last week who asked: “What is freedom from the chains of sin? ...
Jun13WedJune 13, 2018
Suicide and mental illness have been much in the news lately. In light of that, and by way of encouragement, I thought I would re-post this story about my brother, who in great pain considered taking his own life, but chose the better path.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that...
May23WedMay 23, 2018
Are you a doctor, a lawyer, a mom or a dad? Are you an engineer or sales rep, a husband or wife or any of a list of a hundred other things? Or are you something more? Have you found and fulfilled the central purpose of your life?
The great mistake so many of us make is to imagine that only preachers and missionaries have a “calling”...
The interview was disturbing. The young woman I was counseling was in deep-dish trouble. Her relationships were dysfunctional, she was up to her armpits in debt, and most of her decisions were based on a daily reading of her horoscope.
But the most troubling thing is that she had grown up attending church. She was supposed to know how to...
How we live affects our ability to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit on the one hand and avoid entanglement with evil on the other.
One of the most unsettling books I’ve ever read was M. Scott Peck’s Glimpses of the Devil . Peck was a clinical psychiatrist and author of several bestsellers in the 1970’s and 80’s...
Wrath’s purpose in our lives, as well as the way it operates, is not what we imagine.
Someone once asked, “Do you believe people can change?”
“Yes,” I said, “I’ve seen it happen. I’ve also experienced it.”
“What makes them change?” He asked.
“The power of God working from...
The recent weather reminded me of something I wrote many years ago, when our girls were little, and a blizzard stopped the world for a while. I hope it encourages you as we anticipate more snow Saturday night.
Monday morning January 24, 2000, dawned bright and clear, but school was still out. The cold and light snow we had experienced the...
Mar7WedMarch 7, 2018
Humanity is broken and hurting. Hear some comments from hurting people:
I’m 48 years old and my wife has just filed for divorce. I never planned for this. I never thought I would be alone and have to start all over this late in life. On top of that it may bankrupt me.
I was still in rehab, just recovering from a gran mall seizure brought...