Can a book published 40 years ago speak with relevance to our situation in a post-Christian COVID-obsessed world riddled with violence and injustice? It depends, but it is likely that if the book is part of the Multnomah Press, “CRITICAL CONCERN” series, that the answer is yes. Yesterday, I was in a conversation with a … More Have Your Relational Capacities been Crippled by the Obsessions of Our Evening News?
“We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials, God is shaping us for higher things.” Lyman Beecher, (1775-1863) Beecher would know. His was a life steeped in controversy, some of it self-inflicted but all of it under the sovereign gaze of God. God is shaping you too, through the pains and sorrows … More Great Quotes to Make Us Think
Reposting this link because of the horrors that are going on in Afghanistan related to Christians there. The Taliban have no respect for those who are committed to Christ and many there have already died, many others expect to die within weeks or soon after the US presence disappears there. These are our brothers and … More When You Say You are a Christian, What Does it Mean?
Second in a SeriesSimple truth: When we hurt, we want to not hurt. It is universal. It is human. But as a popular worship song suggests: What if Teardrops are Blessings? I want to copy out all three short chapters related to Rule #2 and drop them in this blog post. They are that good. … More Red Sea Rules: Glory over Relief
The author has heard more than a few sermons. There is a richness to his writing that is saturated in phraseology shaped for the ear of a congregation. But this is not a preachy book. It is a helpful echo of the best parts of all those messages you have heard in the past, collected … More 10 Strategies for Thriving in Hard Times
“The Lord will make a way for you where no foot has been before. That which, like a sea, threatens to drown you, shall be a highway for your escape.” —Charles H. Spurgeon So begins the preface to Robert J. Morgan’s, The Red Sea Rules. The book is an exploration of the principles to be … More The Way-Making God
Prayer “Thank you Lord for not giving me the judgment I deserve but for giving me instead the grace, Your grace, that I so desperately need. Thank You for mercy. Thank You for redemption. Thank You for the wonder of a love I don’t deserve but I so passionately appreciate. Change me Lord and make … More Give Me Grace Over Karma Every Day
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Sometimes life sucks. I’m not talking about debilitating illness or tragic losses or accidents that complicate life and strain finances or betrayals of loyalty and love that hit us like a freight train with sadness and weight. These are the kind of things that are more than painful. They are frightening. And they are soul … More Loving Through Hurt
The king was evil and powerful. He knew what he wanted and was willing to do anything to get it. He was a fist-in-the face-of-God leader and was willing to pay for the answers he wanted. Four hundred of his lackeys were flattering his ego. And one lone prophet of Judah stood up to him … More For the Love of Christ, Give Us Preachers Like This!