I Need Thee Every Hour

My mother-in-law posted an arrangement of this hymn on my Facebook page. I had never heard it before. Besides being a gorgeous arrangement, it struck a nerve (no pun intended) because I have been recovering from ankle surgery. The Holy  Spirit reduced me to tears as I listened. That is saying something because I’m definitely…

The Thousand and One: Guest Post by Cameron Fultz

Recently the Lord showed me a symbol that the early church had built directly into the architecture of their churches. It is a symbol that, I now believe, expressed the reality of our life union in Christ in a number of ways including the major patterns of biblical types. While searching for ancient examples I…

Predestined Controversy: Epilogue

Originally, I planned to write two posts about predestination (Part 1, Part 2).  I guess you could say I predetermined this.  Then I changed my mind  😉 Romans 8:33 says “Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?  God is the One who justifies.”  How strange it seems to imagine election or predestination occurring apart…

Predestined Controversy (Part 2)

In my last post, I asked readers to respond to John Calvin’s comments on predestination.  So far, there have been no comments.  Maybe this is a subject people don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole!  If there are any brave souls out there, feel free to comment on this post or the last one.  I…

Predestined Controversy

I have been reading John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion…for about a year.  It’s an enormous, exhaustive work of theology.  Ironically, Calvin laments that he has a love of brevity and is unable to expound on religious matters as thoroughly as his forebears.  If Calvin hadn’t loved brevity, I shudder to think of how much…

Less Is More: The Gospel of Surgery

             I recently had ankle surgery.  Almost two weeks later I still can’t walk on that leg.  I am in pain all day.  Evenings and nights (OK, and mornings) are worst.  My wife does everything to care for the house, our kids, and me.  Sometimes, for long stretches, I can’t do anything but groan…

The King’s Chambers

“Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is more delightful than wine…. Take me with you—let us hurry. Oh, that the king would bring me to his chambers” (SOS 1:2-4). Pieces of clothing, like pretenses, are removed, like explanations, are cast aside, like self-image, collapse into hollow, rumpled piles, and…

I AM the Door

Originally posted on My utmost 4 His garbage can :
“Truly, truly I say unto you, I am The Door of the sheep” Jn. 10:7. Jesus is the Passover door. And the cross is the fulfillment of it. I want you to see that there may have actually been a cross painted in blood on the Passover…

What More Do You Want?

I was mildly stunned by what she said.  In my hands was a letter from a lady with whom I had been corresponding about spiritual things.  To paraphrase, she said something like, “What more can you offer people other than Jesus and His wonderful sacrifice?”  I can’t remember what I wrote back word for word…

Revelation of the Lamb

Musings from my notes on the book of Revelation: “When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb” (Rev. 5:8). At the center of all things—worshiped by countless angels, the elders, the living creatures, by all the great dignitaries of heaven—is a slaughtered lamb.  ALL fall…