Sunday Musings Yesterday a book I order arrived in the mail. The Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies, by W. Brian Shelton (Baker Academic, 2018) pricked my interest because of my friend Tom Bissell’s Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve (Pantheon, 2016). Tom and I crossed paths in Israel … More Assumptions that Can Kill Conversation
I live in a multi-ethnic neighborhood near the hospital. We are new to the community but have been encouraged by the camaraderie and openness of our neighbors since we moved in. In the run up to Hurricane Florence, different communities tried to prepare as best they could. In our community the city stepped in … More Can A Miracle Start Slowly?
At the time of Amos’ prophecy, Israel was a rich and powerful nation. Yet, Amos took them to task for ignoring the poor, failing to exercise justice, and reducing their religion to mere ritual. How can we avoid these pitfalls which seem to periodically haunt God’s people throughout history? Come hear the challenge and to … More God Judges Nations for Their Brutality Against the Unborn
Reading with the Pastor Joshua 11, Revelation 15, and Psalm 103 Read Psalm 103 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and … More “My Green and Grassy Days”
Watch it again. Watch again. Watch it again. Watch its movement. Watch its subtleties. Watch the mannerisms. Look at the clothing throughout. Listen to its rhythms. It doesn’t get old. Let’s learn to tell the gospel this skillfully.
Tuesday Afternoon Musings When are we going to stop playing games? “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the God, . . .” —2 Peter 3:11 This week … More What Sort of People are We?
Reading with the Pastor Joshua 3, Revelation 9 and Psalm 95 Observations in Joshua God affirms Joshua’s leadership at the Jordan in the same way He affirmed Moses leadership at the the Red Sea (vss. 7-9). Whatever “natural means” God may have used to part the waters of the Jordan, there is still the supernatural … More Indifference to the Bible is Empty-Headed
Friday is for Heart Songs “And while the book is remarkable in its entirety — take a closer look with Kathryn Schulz’s exquisite review for New York Magazine — one of Holt’s most fascinating conversations is with someone one wouldn’t immediately peg as an expert on cosmogony: novelist John Updike, who seems to share in Isaac Asimov’s famous contention that “the most … More John Updike Observation on Science and Mystery
Freya cries golden tears in this photo print detail reproduction of a painting inspired by a Norse Myth. (Artist: Gustaf Klimt) Psalm 88 O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You Let my prayers come before You Incline … More “For my soul has had enough troubles”
Nothing like mowing the lawn under a hot South Carolina sun to remind you that you are getting old. But it’s done. Age wraps its tentacles one day tighter around my dust and reminds me that “today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”, I don’t … More Weekend Musings on Missional Living