Bart Simpson Christianity

This week I am unexpectedly busy with projects, some of which have deadlines. As I prioritized things, I thought I should take a break from blogging this week, which is important to do from time to time. But when I asked the Lord about it, He said, “Who is your source?” As usual, the Lord’s…

Crucifying Jesus Again

“For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit, tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age, and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt”…

Rest (Part Two)

Please read part one first *** The same invitation is extended to us who hear the gospel: believe that Jesus finished purification for sin and did all that was necessary to bring us to God; believe that Jesus has been provided to us as our very life and is everything we need for life and…

Rest (Part One)

Faith and rest are the big ideas in Hebrews three and four.  Chapter three is concerned with the rest God offered His people in the land He prepared for them.  Deuteronomy describes the land as having “large and beautiful cities you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill…

Lies

“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple. One striking section of lyrics goes: Maybe if you slowed down for me I could see you’re only tellin’ lies, lies, lies Breakin’ us down with your lies, lies, lies When…

Can’t Keep Us Down

In many places, gatherings of any size have been restricted to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  On Sunday, our church live-streamed our worship service for the first time ever.  Many other churches did this as well, and I checked out portions of the other services in our community.   It was fun to be…

Easter Wings—George Herbert

George Herbert (1593 – 1633) was a Welsh poet and Anglican priest. He is one of the “metaphysical poets,” whose ranks include John Donne. The metaphysical poets are so named because their poems often took up spiritual themes and meditations. Several of Herberts poems are favorites of mine. Below is his poem, “Easter Wings.” The…

Two-Faced

Recently, I watched a documentary about young-earth creationism.  For the uninitiated, young-earth creationists believe a literal reading of Genesis: creation took six days, and the earth is less than 10,000 years old.  This is worlds apart from the common belief that life today resulted from billions of years of natural processes. I am far from…

No Answer

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a couple phrases: “God answered my prayer” or “God didn’t answer my prayer.” It’s common to hear both of these. I’ve said them and heard others say them countless times. Let me preface the rest of this post: I’m not given to semantic arguments. Communication is an (often clumsy) art….

The Tightrope Walker

  I ran across the following poem recently and thought I’d post it.  I wrote it when I was a new believer and was seeing (for the first time) my fallen state and need of God.  Many things have changed since then.  What hasn’t changed is the greatness of Christ and my dependence on Him,…