My Worst Enemy

I won’t waste your time:  My worst enemy is my own sin.   I am always tempted to look at what others have done to me, or are currently doing to me, or how I'm being shortchanged in a certain way as my biggest problem.  It makes sense to a shortsighted, self-centered mind.   "The... Continue Reading →

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Don’t Take This Personally

No one's life has ever been made better by taking more things personally.  With each gesture, each word or tone of voice that I choose to take as an affront to my worth or goodness I make myself a little more miserable and a little more insufferable.  That child who just rolled his eyes at... Continue Reading →

How to Kill a Church

   I love the church. Christ's bride.  The ekklesia, God's called out people.  He died to save her and I want to live to serve her.  And in my couple of trips around the block as a church member, church planter, church elder, there are a few poisons I'd love to see get big, skull-and-crossbones... Continue Reading →

2 Thoughts On Herods

   Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.' When Herod the... Continue Reading →

Let Us Go First

   It's a Christian thing to listen.  It's a Christian thing to allow someone to give his perspective, finish his sentence, share his experience while not judging him or getting overly defensive.  It's the flesh that belittles and dismisses and refuses to ever give the person on the other side the benefit of the doubt.... Continue Reading →

Just Be It

   There is nothing ignoble in simply being what God has called you to be, however small or large, plain or beautiful it may seem to human sight.  "Use me as an instrument for Your salvation, Lord, however you will" is a good prayer.  It's a freeing prayer, too.  Spurgeon said that at the Last... Continue Reading →

The Last Set of Jitters

   Two things happened.  One was fun and good, the other personally devastating.   The bad one first.   Instead of finding my identity in Christ's forgiveness of me, His giving me new life and a spiritual home and family, I often cling to and locate my worth in being respected and admired by others.... Continue Reading →

Good Strength

   I get seduced, often, by the brash, self-exalting trumpeting that passes as success or manhood in certain circles.  I know conservative Christians who do it, people who I'd agree with on theology and ethics, but who speak or e-mail or post in a way that magnifies themselves and denigrates almost everyone else.  I see... Continue Reading →

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