Crosshairs

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, social media is flooded (again) with memes, posts, articles, and factoids for or against guns. Personally, I see guns as one of many social scapegoats. A gun is a neutral thing, not intrinsically good or bad. It can only be as good or bad as the…

Who Are You, Lord?

Lepicie, “Conversion of St. Paul” This post from a couple years ago is on my mind so I thought I’d repost. *** “Who are you, Lord?”  This was Paul’s question after Jesus struck him blind and stopped him in his tracks (Acts 9:1-5).  Paul was on his way to Damascus where he planned to continue…

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…

Following, Losing, and Living

Art by Patrick Murphy The following is a meditation on Luke 9:23-24 from my personal journal.  *** “If anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will…

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…

Ever Change from Carbon to Chlorine-Based?

I had the following article published in the religion column of our local paper. You’ll notice they re-titled the article. But I’m not the first author to differ with an editor 😉 *** Each year, a change comes over our house the day after Thanksgiving. A tree grows in the living room bearing brightly colored,…

Bait and Switch: The True Gospel

This post is by my friend, Cameron Fultz.  Cameron is author of several books, including Jesus Pictures and Spiritual Knowledge.  Above all else, Cam desires to know Jesus in His death and resurrection. *** How many have heard a gospel invitation to be saved from hell so you can go to heaven or to ask Jesus into your…

Eight Days a Week

I had the following article published in our local paper last week *** Most of us work Monday through Friday. Then  the weekend. We take a break from regular employment. Many also worship on Saturday or Sunday, depending on their faith. Individually, socially and culturally we find ourselves moving to this weekly rhythm. But why?…

Fruitful Hostility

So Isaac left there, camped in the Valley of Gerar, and lived there. Isaac reopened the water wells that had been dug in the days of his father…. Then Isaac’s slaves dug in the valley and found a well of spring water there” (Gen. 26:17-19). Isaac lived in the realm of king Abimelech. But as…

Resurrection: Transformation and Increase

Illustration by Patrick Murphy This past weekend, a piece of mine was published in our local paper.  Below is an excerpt with a link to the full article.  The article was adapted from a section of my booklet, Christ in the Feasts. *** Easter Sunday is just past. Christians celebrated Christ’s resurrection from the dead. (We…

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….

Bereavement’s Provision

In Genesis 22, God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about” (Gen. 22:2). There is tenderness in the way the phrasing builds from…