Back in a Flash

Life is busy.  I don’t know about you but most days it flashes before my eyes.  After working & caring for children, I have about an hour to an hour & a half left for everything else–praying, Bible study, blogging, yard work, reading, hanging out with friends, house work, returning emails…I could go on but…

More than Perfect (Part 2)

Continued from “More than Perfect (Part 1)“ There are many dimensions to this story.  In one dimension, Job pictures Jesus.  Jesus was handed over to the devil and suffered immensely (Luke 22:53; John 13:27).  Much of what Job says can be placed in the mouth of Jesus and reflects what Jesus felt as He writhed…

More than Pefect (Part 1)

            Job was someone the Lord Himself described as “a man of perfect integrity” (Job 1:8).  That’s high praise…sort of.  Why do I say “sort of”?  Because the book of Job is largely about the fact that God wanted something more than perfect integrity for His servant.  For many of us, perfect integrity is the…

A Monstrous Confession

OK.  Confession time.  I love monsters—in literature, film, you name it.  Years ago, I read an article that talked about monsters as powerful artistic symbols.  Up to that point, I mainly thought of Bela Lugosi or Lon Chaney slouching through a B-movie set on one of the back lots  at Universal Studios.  You know, Plan…

Triptych: A Tree in Three Seasons

Photo by Carrie McKamey I. Atop a hill there is a weathered oak whose listless limbs spread so wide it seems to hang by them and not to stand.  It’s bark is scarred by whips of wind, by scratching beasts, by birds that pierce its trunk with beaks.  When fall arrives, a crimson stain spreads…

Buddha, Bahaullah, & the Other Jesus-es

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.  […]  They have eyes full of adultery and are always looking for sin.  They seduce unstable people…

Taking a Break…..

Image from http://www.drewsdirections.com/2010/06/04/will-return-clock/ Howdy.  Just wanted to let everyone know I’ll be taking a short blogging break over the weekend.  Grandma is taking the kids so my wife & I can have our first weekend off in 8 years!!  Thanks, Grandma!  Anyway, I don’t want to give my wife the impression she has to compete with…

Petrified

“The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:9). We have been cleansed from our sins by the cross and resurrection of Christ.  Our cleansing is twofold: 1) we are forgiven, absolved of any fault, relieved of any guilt; 2) sin ceases…

Participating in the Divine Nature (Part 2)

Continued from “Participating in the Divine Nature (Part 1)” “…he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4). The phrase “participating in the divine nature” can seem a little inaccessible.  What…

Let Freedom Ring!

“Christ has liberated us to be free.  Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1, HCSB) Slavery?  To what?  What is Paul talking about?  Other verses in Galatians show us slavery is a performance-based relationship with God.  In other words, like slaves, we have a place in God’s household…