Learning Despair

The following is an excerpt from Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. *** Once more: these disciples were men who had been led to despair of themselves.  At the beginning of their three years’ class of instruction they had to give up all they possessed; but it was only at the end of that time that they began to…

Linus Christianity

Hallowe’en is fast approaching so our family watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the story: Linus spends Hallowe’en in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin (GP). The GP is a Santa Claus-ish figure that appears only in the most “sincere” pumpkin patches. He rewards children…

The Rejected King

Sketch by Patrick Murphy Below is an excerpt from “Despising the Lamb” a booklet that will soon be available at The Voice of One. *** Samuel led Israel until he was old. His sons were dishonest and greedy (1 Sam. 8:1-3). The elders of Israel approached Samuel and said, “[A]ppoint a king to judge us the same as all…

Out of my sight

Originally posted on My utmost 4 His garbage can :
It is right for us to make so much of the finished work of Christ. It is no exaggeration to say that the death and resurrection was more profound than even the creation of this natural realm. Because His appearing is the goal and fulfillment of creation.…

Purpose

Years ago, almost 15 years ago in fact, I sat waiting for someone to unlock the building next to our church.  It had been a busy week.  While I waited, I decided to pray.  The Lord spoke a few short sentences.  I have never forgotten them.  These few short sentences continue to define my understanding…

I Believe in Science!

I follow a couple blogs that do a lot of outreach to atheists.  They are Hardwired and See There’s this Thing Called Biology…  Both of these sites feature engaging authors who are incisive and quick-witted.  I laugh as much as I think when reading their posts. These blogs never disappoint when it comes to generating discussion, often with die-hard…

Dead Men, Has-Beens, and Jailbirds

God brought forth the promised son when Abram was as good as dead (Rom. 4:19). God used Moses to deliver Israel from slavery only after he was a has-been tending sheep in the desert for 40 years. Paul is remembered as a powerhouse of ministry, a fearless preacher, a worker of miracles. But when was…

The Defeat of Islamic Fanatics

Last week, a friend asked an interesting question: What did I think about ISIS and the situation in Iraq?  What did I think God was doing or allowing in Iraq?  Had I blogged on this topic? I confessed: Other than being grieved by ISIS’s crimes, I hadn’t given the topic a lot of thought or blogged…

Yard Sale Theology

My wife co-ran a yard sale recently. One item for sale was a small decorative cross. My wife planned to sell it for 25 cents. Before she could price it she noticed a man looking at it. Subtlely, he removed a 50 cent sticker from a neighboring item and placed it on the cross. My…