Weekend Musings One of the greatest books that Chuck Colson ever wrote was his 1987 Loving God. The book is a lucidly written page-turner with one chapter leading into the next with the perfect set up to entice the reader to continue. Great subject matter does that. But Colson and his co-author bring their talents … More Christianity is Different from every other Religion
Friday Musings Thomas Altizer was the vanguard of the “Death of God” movement in the 60’s. John Warwick Montgomery is the brilliant (11 earned degrees) Christian apologist and theologian who devastates his opponents with regularity in every debate I have ever read in which he was involved. This one was no exception. Altizer is nearly … More Reread the Altizer- Montgomery Debate
Friday is for Heart Songs Reflecting on Ecclesiastes 7:14 (ESV) In the day of prosperity SITUATION be joyful ACTION and In the day of adversity SITUATION consider ACTION God has … More Why Does God Hide the Future from Us?
Thursday is for Discipleship קֹנֵה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ You had an argument with your son or daughter and now your interaction is stiff and cold. You are worried about your job as cuts are being made. You are concerned for your friend who just lost their job. Your husband has made a bad decision and now … More The Possessor of Heaven and Earth
Wednesday is for Prayer Just got word that my BLOG friend John Nunnikhoven and his wife are having some significant medical issues. Frequent visitors to the blog know the wisdom that God has given this servant of Christ. Many times John’s insight and comments have furthered discussion on a wide range of issues effecting the … More A friend needs your prayers
Wednesday is for Prayer “You are probably going to heaven and I’m probably going to hell.” The elderly man, Bill 87, was speaking to an elderly woman, Ruth 94, in hospital room 335 at Mercy Hospital. It was Monday, and I was at the hospital with my mother (room 332) as the family was preparing … More What Do You Do When Your Neighbor Says He is Probably Going to Hell?
Tuesday is for Preaching Joshua 1 “Be strong and courageous” (Vs 6) “Only be strong and very courageous” (Vs. 7) “Be strong and courageous.” (Vs. 9) “Do not be frightened, and Do not be dismayed” (Vs. 9) Five times in the span of 4 verses God tells Joshua essentially what Jesus told the disciples on … More Preacher, Be Bold
No Monday discussion this week. My brothers and sisters are gathered together at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan. Mom is getting ready to come home from the hospital into my brother Ed’s home for hospice. Not much Missional conversation for the blog right now. Not an apology, just a statement of fact. I have to … More Mom Moves toward Eternity
For the last 14 months my Mom has been living on Grace-time. An aneurysm on her heart threatened to undo the earth from which she is made, but God in his mercy gave us the last two years to love her, serve her and to allow her to see four more of her 24 grandchildren … More Weeping with Resurrection Hope
This morning I was reflecting on the NT view of worship and how radically different it is from conceptions of worship in the OT. Jesus truly made a seismic shift in the worship patterns of the Church. In the OT worship was about a place (the Temple), and the materials (incense, birds, lambs, bulls etc.), … More Worship is What We Were Made For