Friday is for Heart Songs The more I study Bible the more I am learning to slow down. Sometimes, we just read too quickly to see the connections, the repetitions, the emphasis of what what we read. The opening line to Simon and Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” is good advice for … More Think Through Psalm 119 with Me
[Picture credits at the end.] Sometimes, we only learn of His care through the times of trauma and pain. I don’t know why this is I just know that it is. It is not a story of which Christians down through the ages have been unaware. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Pain insists upon … More Pain and Sorrow and there Effect Under Christ
Shepherds of flocks will sometimes put small stones on the top of the stone enclosures for their sheep. The idea is that if a thief or threat to the flock (bear, hyena, lion, or wolf) climbs over the wall to harass the sheep, the tumbling stones will alert both sheep and shepherd that an intruder … More Tumbling Stones and the Art of Pastoral Care
“. . . there’s a significant difference between how Jesus prayed and the prayer life of many Christians today.” Experiencing Prayer with Jesus, 9Henry and Norman Blackaby(Multnomah, 2006) I’m not going to argue the point. I’m not going to try to prove the point. There are too many years behind me and too few years … More Argue with Someone Else
I have been rereading my collection of C.S. Lewis books. At present, Letters to an American Lady is dominating my thoughts. The book is remarkable in so many ways not the least of which is Lewis’ longsuffering patience with a woman who seems to have no end to her physical maladies and complaints about life. … More Shut Up — God Wants to Talk!
“How deeply do you feel about the ministry the Lord has called you to? If the desperate needs of those people you [are seeking to] . . . reach have never caused you to weep, you may want to go back into your prayer closet.” The God Ask, by Steve ShadrachChapter 7 I wonder.How many … More How Deeply Do You Care?
John F. Kennedy35th President of the United States (1961–63) I remember the election of 1960. Actually, I remember the last year of the Kennedy administration. By then I was 8 years old and I knew that in our household, mom had voted for Kennedy and dad voted for Nixon. I also know that that difference … More He Couldn’t Be Nominated by Either Party Today
I started this post some time ago (2 years). I hope it is completely irrelevant. Gun violence isn’t a left or right issue. It isn’t even a law versus more laws issue. There is more evidence all the time of a deep sickness at the core of American society in these shootings in Columbine, CO, … More The Next Shooting
This is a story I read years and years ago. I was reminded of it again last night when an old friend from California contacted me on LinkedIN and we talked about the difference the gospel makes in our live in contrast to the triviality of some of the things that we spend our lives … More Trivial Pursuit or Changing the World?
Someone once told me that I ask dangerous questions. I think they meant it as a compliment, at least that is the way I took it. I don’t know if it is always wise to ask dangeous questions or even if dangerous questions ought to be our goal. But when I read this short … More Should We Dare to Ask This Question?