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?…

Spring

Great Springs National Park in Great Falls, Montana “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 reopened…

Another Scary Verse from Hebrews

I was reading through old posts yesterday and decided to repost this. *** “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27). This is one of…

The Gospel According to Exodus

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. And God said to Moses, “Make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among you. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” When Moses set up the tabernacle, he…

Augustine: Exposition on Psalms

Augustine (354-430 AD) was a bishop in north Africa.  He remains one of the most influential thinkers in church history.  Augustine is known for books like City of God, in which he explained Rome’s fall: Rome typified the city of man which isn’t eternal.  Instead of looking to Rome, Christians look “to the city that has…

Yours, Mine, Ours

In my experience, most people like to talk. Fewer listen. People are keenly interested in what they’re saying. Fewer ask questions or show as much interest when listening. It’s one of those little evidences of the fall. Conversation is more self-centered than other-centered. This also plays out spiritually. When I talk to God, I tend…

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…

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…

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….

Naked and Exposed

“No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Heb. 4:13). Verses like this have a way of striking fear into our hearts.  We feel strapped to the interrogation chair, the light of truth shining in our faces.  There…

A Definition of the Word “Godless”

it all makes perfect sense at least as much as reeking pots of boiling elf skin do or as much as     creeping mango flavored diaper rash does or as much as verifiable ecstasy stinking with the fetid iridescent           sweat of nuclear waste does it all makes perfect scents…

Struggle

But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb; two people will come from you and be separated. One people will be stronger than the other,…