Impossible People: Os Guinness

Recently, a group at church decided to read Impossible People by Os Guinness. I didn’t need a lot of convincing. Some liken him to C.S. Lewis because of his intellectual clarity on matters of faith. That sold me. Impossible People examines modernity’s challenge to Christian faith, a challenge Guinness believes is the most significant ever…

One Flock, One Bride, One Man

After Bethel, Jacob resumes his journey to find a bride. He travels to the east, a land associated with man’s fall, Cain, and Babel. Abraham left the east by faith. Spiritually, it is the land away from the Son (Gen. 25:1-6). When Jacob arrives in Haran, shepherds are gathering sheep near a well covered by…

House of God (Reprise)

Art by Patrick Murphy “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). As we said before, the Lord revealed to Jacob that God was in His house. Bethel means, “House of God.” It shows Christ and His people as God’s dwelling, God’s house. The Lord is in us!…

House of God, Gate of Heaven

On his way to Haran, Jacob stops for the night. He puts a stone beneath his head and sleeps.  He dreams of a staircase that goes from earth to heaven with angels traveling up and down. Echoing His promise to Abraham, the Lord tells Jacob He will give him the land and bless all peoples…

Disciples and Division

Recently, I read Christian History magazine, issue 120: “Calvin, Councils, and Confessions–How the Church became the Churches.” Church history is a hobby. I identify less with a particular tradition than with anyone in Christ. I love church history because I see it as my history–Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant. Issue 120 discusses the spread of Reformed…

Daddy’s Little Helper

My son and I restained the railing mentioned in the post below so I thought I’d repost it.  It’s been a few years, and my son is now seven.  But the truths involved still apply.  Best of all, my boy told me again how happy he was to do a project with me where we…

New Jerusalem, New Man

Below is the introduction to one of my booklets, The New Jerusalem. *** Revelation chapters 21 and 22 contain descriptions of God’s Holy City, the New Jerusalem. This city is called “the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:9). When she appears, John hears a loud voice saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with…

Crayola Jesus

My wife leads children’s church at our fellowship. Last Sunday, she did a craft with the kids that portrayed Jesus walking on water. My six year old son colored Jesus purple. A girl in the class scolded him and said God would be mad because he colored Jesus wrong. My wife gently suggested that God…

Go Out…Come In

Something I hear periodically is that we need to go outside the church if we want to be where God is moving. Other permutations: We need to get out of our box (church building); God isn’t moving in the church, He’s moving outside. I don’t disagree with these sentiments. God is moving outside the church….

Life through the One New Man

Early in my walk with the Lord, I attended a prayer meeting at church. As we prayed, Adam’s formation came to mind: I imagined particles of dust swirling together, sculpting Adam’s body in mid air (Gen. 2:7). When the body was formed, God breathed life into the whole of him. Adam rose to his feet….

Hospice, Not a Hospital

Today’s post ran in the local paper where I live. I adapted it from a post that appeared on The Voice of One last year.  *** Last year, I read Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” In it, the Pope lays out his views “on the environment and human ecology.”…

Too Many ‘What Ifs’ for 3:00 AM

Years ago, I became impatient with those I was ministering to.  The Lord had given me vision.  I knew where the people of God needed to go.  But I wasn’t seeing a lot of progress.  Chomping at the bit but unable to run I ended up stymied and stewing…prayerfully, of course  😉 One night, the Lord…