Abandonment to Divine Providence

Last year, I read, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a Jesuit priest (1675-1751 AD).  In Abandonment, Caussade explores complete submission to the will of God (“divine providence” being another term for God’s will).   Caussade explains, “In this state they give up to God all their rights over themselves, over their words, actions, thoughts, and proceedings;…

The Measuring Line of Faith

As the writer of Hebrews encourages readers to live by faith, he tells them to run “with endurance” and to keep their eyes on Jesus, “the source and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:1-2).  What does the source and perfecter of faith teach us? Verse 12:2 often reads that Jesus endured the cross “for the…

Living Types and Shadows

Considering everything the writer has said previously, it makes all the sense in the world that Hebrews 11 focuses on faith.  In chapters 9 and 10, the writer describes how Jesus made one offering for sin for all of time.  Since He bore away sin and finished the work of atonement for all time, He…

Where Has Goodness Gone?

My pastor, Roger McCune, wrote the following article for the religion column in our local paper. It is a short article, but heartfelt and very timely. In a time when many react to the socio-political climate by fighting fire with fire, Roger approaches it with forgiveness and repentance. This is a message I wish everyone…

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…