15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? Acts 19:15 A fascinating passage. In my mind, Acts 19:11-20 is one of the more extraordinary passages in the entire book of Acts. It starts out by telling us that God was doing “extraordinary miracles” by the the … More I Want to be Known in Hell.
Merry Christmas 2019 Our son was born in California on December 10th. The next year we surprised mom and dad by flying cross-country and wrapping up one-year old Marty III in an afghan blanket my mother had crocheted and presenting him to them for the first time. It was a great surprise and brought great … More Christmas Surprises are the Best
Of all the men I have personally come to know in life, Bill Bauer is one of the men I admire most. For many years Bill was the “boss” of two of the other men I admire most, my brother Karl and my brother Ed. All three of those men worked for Chicago Bridge and … More Guest Post: Bill Bauer on Learning How to Think
From time to time I hear from atheists or other doubters in the afterlife, that the idea of “eternal life” is abhorrent. “I can’t image not getting bored with endless life.” That kind of comment simply shows the poverty of both their imagination and the shallowness of their view of the beauty and holiness of … More Something Your God Can’t Do
That would be us. I am meeting with a group of fellow pastors for the next three days struggling together to become better pastors and leaders for the cause of Christ. One pastor had a particularly thorny issue that he is embroiled in and was seeking wisdom. One by one different pastors asked questions, made … More A Generation that Lost a Vision for Prayer
The poverty of evangelical reflection, the shallowness of our deepest thoughts about God is becoming the achillies heal of our witness in the world. Our deepest thoughts about God barely skim the surface of the reality of who God is and what He has revealed about Himself in His word. And it is killing us. … More “It is God Himself that Nourishes the Soul”
Tuesday is for Thinking “Christ died for us so that we would not have to die for sin, not so that we would not have to die for others.” Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper, 77. Christian, pour your life out in service of your neighbors. Don’t be afraid or shirk your responsibility to … More Living for Others
Christ alone is our righteousness.
That bubble of water over the land mass of the USA is all the water there is on planet earth. “We think of Earth as the water planet. But what if you [took] … all of the water on Earth and form[ed] it into a sphere, or bubble? How big would the bubble be? The … More The Wonder of God’s Creation
I doubt it. But I suspect that most people have verbalized those five words or that sentiment in their spirit after some particularly convicting portion of Scripture was exposited on a Sunday morning. Most pastors (in my experience) don’t try to deliberatley make people feel guilty. I know I don’t try to do that. But … More “My Pastor is Guilting Me.”