Competition is good. And Amazon.com has had almost none for a long time. That’s why when my friend and sister in Christ, Laura Mapstead, posted this link on FaceBook, I thought two things: “I want to save this link and put it to use in the future.” “I want to pass this on to others.” … More Competition for Amazon
One of my goals for the New Year is to reread the C.S. Lewis shelf in my library. These gems on paper were formative to my former as a man, as a thinker, and as a Christian. They continue to shadow almost everything I write and I shudder to think how shallow and inconsequential would … More Excerpts from “The Abolition of Man”
On the eve of the inauguration of our new president, a reflection: The First World War had not gone well for the Allies. Faced with unpreparedness for war, general incompetence, flawed strategies and both political and military infighting, the carnage and waste of human lives was revolting and depressing. One thing had gone well. The … More 1918 Lessons for 2021
I am reading a fascinating devotional book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Forty Daily Reflections on Biblical Leadership Haddon Robinson, former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary says in the Forward to the book, that Professor Laniak applies what he has learned to the tasks of being a shepherd in the church and “raises our job … More Where are the Shepherds?
Gather your family and let’s do this together. Five steps. Have each of them write these verses on a 3 x 5 card. Put the “cheat sheet” letters on the opposite side of the card. Everybody read their card out loud once. Pair off and quiz one another for 3-5 minutes. Read the verses every … More Let’s Do This Together
Christmas is near. I love it when I find or someone sends me new artists or songs of praise that have substance to their thinking. I’m so tired of “Christian songs” that are more about the singer than they are about Jesus and the Kingdom. Songs with good theology that exalt the Living God, the … More O Come, All You UNfaithful
It is hard to find other artists that cover any of Keith Green’s songs. He is hard to copy. His songs are deeply personal and confessional. They are pitched for his voice and style. But I think the biggest reason he is not covered is because it takes a lot of guts to sing with … More “Make My Life a Prayer to You”
The Bible was opened to 2 Chronicles and the President-elect placed his hand on the passage in chapter 7. Then something extraordinary happened. The President-elect turned to the congregation at a special service at the National Presbyterian Church held on inauguration day and said: “My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts I … More A President’s Prayer
Musing on a Thursday Morning Nothing lasting happens for the advancement of God’s Kingdom without prayer. That is why my soon-to-be-Doctor Ben Long, my best friend and church planting partner is organizing a series of prayer walks for our growing band of Christ-followers. We will be walking around strategic buildings in our community, praying for … More Prayer Walking has Little Biblical Warrant
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