The Cross and the Departure of Glory

A deep sense of grief permeates Ezekiel’s account of the temple’s destruction. The loss felt by the Lord is poignantly expressed when He says, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain” (Ezek. 9:7).  Defile the temple?  Defile the place chosen out of all creation as a dwelling for God?  Why should the…

The Divine Field of View

Our eyes are positioned in front for a good reason: It allows us to focus.  Having two eyes on the same side of the head is the reason we have depth perception and can examine things in detail.  My friend, Derrick, and I were discussing this over coffee.  We were talking about eschatology and the…

You Might Be a Legalist if…

You might be a legalist if: You’re trying to be a good spouse, parent, child, sibling, etc. Appearances are everything. You’re afraid of making mistakes.   You might be a legalist if: A person is made unclean by what goes into them (Mark 7:18-23). You’re afraid to make decisions when the Holy Spirit gives no…

Lord of the Dead and of the Living

Picture by Patrick Murphy Death and resurrection cannot be separated.  This is so obvious it seems like a platitude.  Often our words and thoughts divide these into separate categories.  For the sake of clarity it’s sometimes helpful to consider them separately.  But it’s disastrous in real life.  Perhaps we are too used to treating death…

My Sister, My Bride

The following are lyrics to a song the Lord gave me a few years ago.  (Listen to the song here).  The words are based on Song of Songs 4:8-5:1.  At the time of their writing, Solomon was poetically praising his lover.  In the Spirit, we can hear Jesus singing a love song to His bride,…

A Single Stone

David used only one stone to defeat Goliath and the entire Philistine army (1 Sam. 17:49, 50).  One stone set right the many blasphemies Goliath shouted at God’s people day after day (1 Sam. 17:16, 23).  One stone redeemed the disobedience of every Israelite soldier who did nothing to resist Goliath.  One stone was all…

BABYLAWN

THE PROFIT PROPHET PRAYS & PREYS GIVES PRAISE TO GOD WITH GILTED GUILT SO WHOLLY HOLY A BORE AND A BOOR FIGHTING PHRASE FRAYS WITH HIS MISSAL MISSILES SHOOTING HIS CANON CANNON AT THE COWERED COWARDS HE DROPS THE AXE OF ACTS HE SPREADS THE PALL OF PAUL HE’S THE BARREN BARON THE HEEL OF…

Reject All Lies. I Am in Christ.

Living Sacrifice album cover Living Sacrifice is one of my favorite bands.  The other day I was listening to a compilation of their songs that I put together.  As the chorus of one of the songs came on, it seemed the Holy Spirit was pounding the lyrics into me: “Reject all lies!  Reject all lies!”…

See Ya Later, Alligator

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a blogging break so I’m going to do just that.  I’ll be back in a week.  I’m going to use the time to work on a new booklet.  The booklet draws together material the Lord showed me in 1 Samuel. I would appreciate your prayers as I try to…