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…

The Gospel of God

“[T]he good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God…” (Mark 1:1). Jesus Christ is the gospel. The Corinthians thought it was about spiritual gifts and supernatural manifestations.  While encouraging them in the gifts of the spirit, Paul pointed the Corinthians to something even greater: Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the wisdom and power […]

Down the Drain

When I wrote the following poem, I was still VERY non-Christian.  One day I sat thinking about how arrogant it was for Christians to say they knew THE Truth. I remembered Jesus’s words: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).  More arrogance.  But then (courtesy of the Holy Spirit, I’m sure) a thought…

Time Out

I won’t be blogging for a few days.  My plan is to resume early next week.  Please browse previous posts.  Or, check out the links at the top of the slide viewer.  One of the links is “Suggestion Box.”  This is a place for asking questions or submitting topics you’d like to see a post…

Change or Die: A Post-Christmas Wrap-up

Image from A Christmas Carol (2009, directed by Robert Zemeckis) This year, I introduced my daughter to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  We read the book then watched a couple film versions.  The 2009 animated version (with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge) is her favorite.  It’s my new favorite as well.  While adding flourishes here and there, it follows…

Narrowing Sonnet

Could we put oceans in a cup, a desert in an hour-glass, the skies in a falling rain-drop, the planets in a marble-bag, it wouldn’t touch the Lord, swaddled in a body, who also humbly wore the girdle of our laws, was threaded through the streets of Jews, endured the spit and then was split…

Chasing Santa

  “Grandpa, what are you doing out here?” He was standing in the snow leaning a couple long 2×4’s against the house. “I was chasing Santa Claus,” he explained. “Almost had him too.” He handed me one of the biggest sleigh bells I’d ever seen. Then he showed me two long, straight depressions in the…

Those JELL-O Loving Antichrists

Scripture tells us “God is love,” and that God’s love was most profoundly shown through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (1 John 4:16; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16).  At one point in my walk I wondered: Is Jesus the historical person important?  Or is it just the spirit of love He demonstrated that matters?  There…

Our Christian Pantheon

There is a need that is continually on my heart: That Christ be known and magnified as He is in scripture. I fear there isn’t enough of this among Christians. Many godly things and subjects draw bigger crowds than Jesus: the end times, miracles, and growing leaders; social or doctrinal contoversies; evangelism, social justice, and…

Sin-tervention

Image from Intervention 911 Addiction is one of the purest expressions of sin I can think of.  The addict is a person compelled to do something that gratifies them but doesn’t make them happier or healthier.  This is the essence of sin.  For this reason, I sometimes think about addiction and sin because the parallels…