The Newness of Spirit Podcast

Mallory Patrick has been a guest writer on The Voice of One. Mallory is my sister-in-law and founder of Gathered Fragments Book Sanctuary.  Gathered Fragments seeks to preserve books of all times and places that present Christ crucified. Recently, Mallory launched a podcast called “The Newness of Spirit.” If your heart is hungry for spirit-given teaching about…

This Is My Father’s World

The Lord recently touched my heart through the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.” (Hear Gungor’s rendition here). The words and tune project a childlike confidence: everything is God’s and He is lovingly involved with all. Nothing can change that, and nothing can threaten the soul that rests in such a Father. The text of…

The Resurrection of the Dead

The Resurrection of the Dead* Sown: thrown away into the worm-infested (you ain’t nuthin’ but) dirt Corruption: third-world police, a computer with a virus, a bike chain in the rain. Dishonor: a soldier discharged, a kamikaze who lived, an effigy smoldering. Weakness: addiction’s reason, indecision’s fancy, the thread we hang by. Raised: a flower bursting…

God Is…Cuddly?

This week, I saw “God is love” posted on a church’s reader board.  Enough said, right?  Not quite.  Let’s just say this denomination (at least in America) has christened things that the Bible says are sin.  When they say “God is love,” it means something closer to, “God is cuddly, and permissive.”  Given that they…

One Thing…

During church this past Sunday, the Holy Spirit stirred my heart; I found myself drawn to Jesus, desiring Him more, wanting to know Him more…something along those lines.  It was sort of undefined. Later that day, I spent time with the Lord.  I felt the same calling—not to ministry or activity, just to Christ within….

Sluggish in Hearing

“We have have much to say that is difficult to interpret since you have become sluggish in hearing” (Heb. 5:11). At the cusp of Hebrews five and six is a warning that seems to come out of nowhere.  Since the writer has been talking about Melchizedek and resumes this subject in chapter seven, the warning seems to erupt mid-thought….

Hope for Narcissus

Narcissus is a character from Greek mythology.  He was a stud, a real looker, who fell in love with his own reflection when he saw it in the water.  A couple fun facts: the English word “narcissist“ is a variation of Narcissus’s name.  We use it to describe people whose self-love is over-the-top.  For some,…

From Death to Life

Our church has been studying the book of Revelation. Several of us are taking turns preaching sections of the book. Previously, I posted what I shared from Revelation 13 about the beast. Just over a month ago, I shared from chapter 20 of Revelation. What the Lord showed me might be a little different from…

Less Is More

I threw my back out last week, resulting in pain and loss of function for a few days. Due to some parallel circumstances, I found myself thinking about the post below, which I wrote about 8 years ago after having ankle surgery. Its relevance is perennial; I find I need to meditate on it again…

Marx My Words…

About 15 years ago, I found myself wondering why certain political causes flocked together. What connected environmentalism, LGBTQ issues, feminism, racial advocacy, and the like? I concluded these all divided the world into two categories: oppressor and oppressed; victimization was the common link. Men oppressed women, whites oppressed minorities, LGBTQ groups were oppressed by those…