Facing Incompleteness

The old covenant high priest in his ministerial garments “Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God” (Rev.3:2). Jesus said this to the church at Sardis.  A more literal (but akward) translation would read, “I have not found your works made…

Be Faithful until Death

“Be faithful until death” (Rev. 2:10).  Jesus said this to the church at Smyrna.  Its members were suffering financial loss, imprisonment, public accusation, and in some cases death.  This verse has renewed for me what is the deepest call in the Christian life: to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23)….

Back in a Flash

For the next few days I’ll be busy with family and won’t be blogging.  Please check out some of the blogs I follow.  There’s something for everyone: blogs that focus on art, apologetics, deeper life, and many more.  Also feel free to read past posts of mine or booklets posted on The Voice of One….

Thumbs Up!

As one called to preach and write about Christ, God often challenges my motives.  Why do I do what I do?  Am I still functioning out of His life and calling?  Have I slipped into letting ambition drive me?  Do my own efforts sustain what I do or am I energized by Christ’s energy? (Col….

A Worthy Answer

Icon of the Apostle John When the  holy Evangelist John had lived to extreme old age in Ephesus, he could be carried only with difficulty by the hands of the disciples, and as he was not able to pronounce more words, he was accustomed to say at every assembly, “Little children, love one another.”  At…

Interpretive Hypocrisy

At a men’s group this morning, we discussed how to interpret the Bible.  Our conversation reminded me of a booklet I wrote: “This Is What Is Written: What the Scriptures Say about Their Interpretation.”  Below is the introduction: For most Christians, how to interpret the scriptures is central to their beliefs. After all, the way someone interprets…

Questioning Questioning

God knows I can be skeptical. In the time I’ve known Him, He has graciously fielded hundreds, if not thousands, of questions from me.   Sometimes, Christians will admit to me that they’ve had certain questions or doubts. I always encourage them to ask away. The questions I’ve been most afraid to ask God have…

The Gospel According to Jim Zorn

My favorite football team is the Seattle Seahawks. They just played an unforgettable game against the Greenbay Packers. The Hawks were behind the entire game. In the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, they tied the game and forced it into overtime. Everyone was saucer-eyed and open-mouthed as the Seahawks scored the touchdown that…

A Demon’s Advice on Prayer

Recently, I began re-reading CS Lewis’s classic, The Screwtape Letters.  For the uninitiated, Screwtape is a series of letters in which a senior demon, Screwtape, instructs a junior demon, Wormwood, on the finer points of capturing a human soul.  The letters begin when Wormwood’s subject is an atheist; they end after Wormwood’s subject becomes a Christian and later…

The Bible: So Attacked It’s a Sin

Around Christmas, a Newsweek article by Kurt Eichenwald made quite a stir.  It was entitled, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”  It’s a 20-ish paged assault on the Bible in which the author parades a prejudiced ignorance of biblical history and translation.  I pray no one is taking it seriously or is troubled by…

Crossroads

We’re familiar with the rich young ruler who approached Jesus about salvation.  He went away sad because Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and follow (Mark 10:17-22).  This is the same call Jesus gives His disciples in Luke 9:23–“If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny…

Another Face in the Crowd

Minions from Despicable Me  Most of the time, I don’t feel very spiritual.  I feel average.  My day is filled with mundane things like brushing my teeth, going to work, caring for kids, taking out the garbage, etc.  Amidst daily responsibilities and stressors, sometimes I keep my humor, sometimes I don’t. On occasion I’m a shining…