Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security

Tuesday is for Spiritual Challenge I love my country. Flaws and all, I love it. I think, on balance, it has been a force for good in the world, even with all of its missteps and corruptions. But it is dangerous to live here. Dangerous to the soul. Our affluence, our comforts, and the long … More Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security

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Bringing Up Baby

Raising babies or raising churches is similar. In both instances you need to pay attention to essential things. If babies don’t get smiled at, held tenderly, talked to, and fed the right foods they won’t thrive. Baby Christians and baby churches are much the same. The Apostle Paul understood this. It is one of Paul’s … More Bringing Up Baby

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Sorrow and Loss

I was reminded of this sculpture as I thought about all the subtractions and deletions and upheaval of the last few months.  (7-22-2020) “Melancholy” The artist’s name is Albert Gyorgy. He is Romanian, lives in Switzerland and is semi-reclusive, or at least, it is very difficult to get much information on him. For me, his … More Sorrow and Loss

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The Constantinian Problem and Opportunity

Yesterday I read a quote by John Howard Yoder, that prior to the conversion of Constantine and the Roman Empire, “it took great conviction to stand for Christ. After Constantine (A.D. 272-337), it took great courage and conviction to not stand for Christ.” The Church grew rapidly from the resurrection to Constantine but when Christianity … More The Constantinian Problem and Opportunity

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Days Without Grace

She was being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR). An American actress playing the mother of a special needs child in a new play from London now touring the USA. The play is getting rave reviews as it explores the inner workings of a 15-year-old boy whose parents love, but can’t touch because of his … More Days Without Grace

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When You Say You are a Christian, What Does it Mean?

Tuesday is for Preaching I am re-reading John MacArthur’s Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ (Thomas Nelson, 2010). It is such a powerful book and it starts in the preface with a compelling story of a brother in Christ who gave his life in testimony to the beauty and attractiveness of Christ … More When You Say You are a Christian, What Does it Mean?

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