The Living Water for a New Year

In the 19th Century, German explorer Alois Musil discovered that Arabic had 45 different words for types of “natural, enhanced, or wholly artificial water-retaining stuctures.”* When something is rare, water in a desert, a whole language is created to express its value. Bedouin shepherds know that without water they, their families and their flocks are … More The Living Water for a New Year

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Bible Window-Shoppers

This: “A familiar figure on the streets is the window-shopper who moves along gazing fondly in each show-window but buying nothing. In the realm of things spiritual we have with us the Bible window-shopper. He moves along through the Book reading its precious promises, hearing its high challenges, looking at its deep messages of peace … More Bible Window-Shoppers

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Is It Possible to be a Christian and Not Love Worship?

I went to a small seminary in California, the International School of Theology. It had an amazing but short 25 year history and trained hundreds of students who have brought great glory to God. The seminary struggled financially, sometimes battled competing visions of how to accomplish its mission, but despite the struggles I loved my … More Is It Possible to be a Christian and Not Love Worship?

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Assumptions that Can Kill Conversation

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

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