Thursday is for Discussion You have seen it on Facebook and twitter and instagram, in news reports and magazines. It is the Arabic symbol for the letter “N” and is used by ISIS to mark the homes of Christians (and to slate them for persecution). It is ISIS’s way of sealing the fate of the … More Branded by ISIS or Christ?
Friday is for Heart Songs John Brown was poor farmer in Scotland whose great hope was to become a pastor and preach the gospel. Unfortunately, but he had a bad stammer and had given up on that dream. Possessing a brilliant mind, he put his love of the Bible into the service of the youth … More A May Day Story Worth Remembering (Scottish Covenanters)
My son visited this afternoon, making the 90 mile trip to help me put together a piece of IKEA furniture, throw a baseball around and give his wise counsel on how we can better prepare for “retirement.” Ever since he attended a Dave Ramsey seminar the week after he and his bride returned from their … More “It’s a good thing that you would let me die”
. Easter Reflections Today in my Easter sunday Message I quoted Scottish medical-missionary, explorer, and abolitionist David Livingston (1813-1873). Missionaries are heroes for me and Livingstone was one of the most courageous even if he was not one of the most effective. No one ever doubted his courage or commitment. He was asked how he … More A Word On Courage, Endurance, and Suffering
Saturday Musings Every day I hear stories of pastors or churches proving unfaithful in the task of proclaiming the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Denominations ordaining practicing homosexuals, a pastor running off with someone else’s wife or church funds. Some, I fear, where never believers in the first place. They convinced themselves … More “Stress and Danger are Normal”
“To be right with God often meant to be in trouble with men.” —A.W. Tozer The world has changed. As boomers and their grandparents die off the culture is about to take a huge leap off a cliff as the forty-year experiment in relativistic thinking yields it final fruit. Like Wiley Coyote chasing the road-runner, we … More Fighting the Good Fight the Good Way
Friday is for Heart Songs 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, Security, and Convenience
Sunday Afternoon Musings Imagine a pastor whose congregation of wealthy members . . . refuse to come to church refuse to let anyone else sit in their pews remove chairs that are placed in the aisle so that standing visitors have to remain standing burn the chairs that someone else paid for for the visitors … More Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?
Weekend Links I am a grandfather again! Meredith and Dan just had their second child. Young Owen has a baby sister, Ellie Leta, born this morning weighing 7lb. 1 oz and measuring 18″ long. We are excited for them and us and excited to see our new family member. Enjoy the weekend links. Better Thinking … More Lazy Atheists; John Stewart’s Prejudice; Tim Keller on Suffering; Government Homosexuality Numbers; Smart Phones Making us Dumb and more
Wednesday is for Prayer It is the night before He suffered. The Passover is a people-shaping event in the Jewish calendar. It celebrates God’s selection of the Jews out of Egypt. It celebrates God’s hearing the suffering of his people and acting for them. It celebrates God’s sparing the first-born child of Israel. It celebrates God’s … More The Passover Approaches, The Lamb is Ready