Where Has Goodness Gone?

My pastor, Roger McCune, wrote the following article for the religion column in our local paper. It is a short article, but heartfelt and very timely. In a time when many react to the socio-political climate by fighting fire with fire, Roger approaches it with forgiveness and repentance. This is a message I wish everyone…

I Never Knew You

A few times in the last couple weeks, I have found myself wondering, “How well do I know the Lord? How well do I know Him *really*?” I can go black and white pretty easily so my first reaction was to doubt whether I knew the Lord at all. But after more reflection I decided…

Out from a Second

In chapters eight through 10, the writer of Hebrews continues contrasting the old and new covenants, also discussing them as the first and second covenants. The first covenant had continual sacrifice.  Not only did the repeated sacrifices fail to remove sin, they actually reminded people of their sinfulness and kept their consciences from being clean….

Marionettes

Divisiveness has been around as long as people have been fallen.  Nevertheless, different circumstances and stressors make division more pronounced or push us further into it. This past year and a half has been trying for all of us.  COVID, economic instability, and ongoing social unrest can make it challenging to get through the day….

The Voice of One

The Voice of One started in about 2006 with the goal to speak, not for myself, but as the voice of Another—Christ. The name is taken from John the Baptist. Religious leaders asked him if he was the Christ, and he said he wasn’t. When they asked who he was, he answered, “I am a voice…

Weakness: Escape it or embrace it?

Two weeks ago, my friend, James Acree, preached at his church on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. This has been a precious passage to me the last 10 years or so. Among others, the Lord has used it to completely reorient my faith. (For my thoughts on these verses, click here and here). I really appreciated what…

Break!

It is shaping up to be a K-razy week so I am waving the white flag and taking a blogging break. Please enjoy past posts, look through the booklets on my blog, or check out some of the blogs I follow (listed at the bottom of the page). If you haven’t already, check out my…

Out with the Old, in with the…Older?

“For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever” (Heb. 7:28). “The law” and “the word of the oath” are set up as contrasting covenants, contrasting approaches to God.  “The word of the oath” connects…

Another blog??

At the beginning of the year, I shared that the Lord nudged me to invest more in poetry. One step was to self-publish a book of poems, The Wind and the Shadows. Prayerfully, I have taken other steps this year, including submitting poems to journals. I have submitted to four journals so far, and I’m…

Poured Out on i-Tunes & Amazon

In December of 2020, I released a CD called, Poured Out. I mainly shared it with family, friends, and people at church. However, I wanted to make it more widely available, so I released it on i-Tunes and Amazon. It might be available on other streaming services as well. Earlier this year, I shared a…