45 Seconds On the Bible

   I wouldn't trade the Bible's hard edges for anything in the world.  They're where I'm cut in order to be healed.  They're where I'm shocked out of a world of warm rooms with nice carpet and easy internet access into a world of sin and death where the God of the universe is remaking... Continue Reading →

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Blood and Borders

   In the time of Abraham, God took a man who believed Him, and through that man made a people for Himself of lineage.  Abraham's children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as God's people in a cruel and crooked world.  God then took that family tree out of bondage in Egypt and planted it in... Continue Reading →

The Filthy We Were (Zechariah 3)

   Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?'... Continue Reading →

A Confession for Good

I got sucked in to the TV show M*A*S*H* when I was a teenager. That's not the confession. Well, not entirely anyway. I had never really had a cause, up to that point. Then I found this show on satellite TV at about sixteen, and I became mesmerized by the lead character Hawkeye's sarcastic, unwavering... Continue Reading →

A Marriage, a Death, and a Public Faith

Abraham was not always a perfect husband. He was, at least twice, pretty despicable as far as husbandry is concerned. He gave his wife Sarah away in order to save his own skin, first to Pharaoh in Egypt and then to King Abimilech in Gerar. He also relented to his wife's momentary faithlessness (shadows of... Continue Reading →

When the One Who is Offended is Wrong

The words "offended" and "offensive" carry a lot of weight, a lot of cultural currency, in our day and place. For most 21st century Americans, if someone tells you what you just said was "offensive," the conversation stops, your heart speeds up, your palms get a little sweaty. You just did something terrible, and you're... Continue Reading →

8 Quick Counseling Thoughts for Christians

These are adapted from our church's Practical Ministering tweets. Just some quick thoughts about applying the Gospel and God's Word to the troubled spots in a believer's life: 1) Most people in our culture don't have a problem with loving themselves too little. A good underpinning for most Christian counseling would be "eyes off self,... Continue Reading →

Things That Are Beautiful

Some things that are beautiful, wonderful, splendid, though you will find people in almost every segment of our culture who don't think so: -People who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus' salvation by grace through faith in Him (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15). -A gentle wife who Christfully submits to her husband (1 Peter 3:1-6, Ephesians 5:22-24).... Continue Reading →

Wonder

A young man gets up from his face, his three friends joining him, and says this: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have... Continue Reading →

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