Category Archives: Faith and life

Following Up – More on “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?”

In my post from 12/11/13, “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?,” I made reference to an article in byFaith magazine entitled, “Kids, Porn, and the Heart.”  Here’s a link to that piece – http://byfaithonline.com/kids-porn-and-the-heart/ It’s definitely worth reading and discussing.

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A Prayer for the New Year – Adapted from Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Lord God Almighty, I understand that I am unable to do anything without your help, so I ask you to enable me by your grace to fulfill your will. Give me grace to do whatever brings most glory and honor … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Three

Do We Know Jesus?  Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Adolf Schlatter) – This was my main source of devotional reading this past year.  Schlatter (1852-1938) was a German theological professor, writer, pastor, and speaker well known in his … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Two

Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro) – My wife and I have been using this in our devotionals together in the mornings.  Not that we actually do that every morning but, when we … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part One

As has been the case these last few years, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got … Continue reading

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Where Has Jesus Been?

“Where have you been?”  Parents can often find themselves asking their children that question.  The child has come in from outside showing telltale signs of playing in something that has now attached itself to various parts of their body.  It … Continue reading

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An Advent Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for all seasons and circumstances.  But perhaps most especially during the season of Advent, the time of waiting for the coming of the King… Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name. Wonderful Counselor, … Continue reading

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How Far Does It Go? Far As the Curse Is Found!

The Apostle John wrote these sobering words in 1 John 5:19, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” That’s a pretty stark contrast.  What does this description of … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

Dads, imagine a visitor comes to your door, a young man in his 20’s who looks somewhat familiar to you.  Introductions are made.  He is your adult son, somehow come to visit you from the future. He is tired, worn … Continue reading

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Walking the Tightrope

There are theological tensions to the Christian faith that must be taken seriously.  And they demand the walking of a tightrope. That’s apparent during the Advent season as we celebrate the coming of the Christ, whose dual nature is somehow … Continue reading

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Exmas in Niatirb

I don’t usually include long quotes here but I’ll make an exception in this case.  In God in the Dock, a collection of essays by C. S. Lewis, there is an entry entitled “Xmas and Christmas:  A Lost Chapter from … Continue reading

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Who Is Christmas For?

Who is Christmas for?   It is not for the rich of this world who believe themselves to have much to offer.  Christmas is for the poor of this world who know themselves to have nothing to give. Christmas is … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Peacemaking

“Well, that didn’t go quite like I’d hoped.” How many times have you found yourself saying that after a holiday gathering?  And, should I add, who comes to mind even now as I raise that question? All may not be … Continue reading

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The Place for Thanksgiving

So what would make us join the poor man at the table?  Related to that, what is the connection between a heart of thanks and how we view God?  The two have more in common that we may think. How … Continue reading

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It’s Been 50 Years…

…since the death of C. S. Lewis on November 22, 1963.  That, of course, is not the death that is getting the most press these days.  The attention has been nearly exclusively on President John F. Kennedy and his assassination … Continue reading

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Letting Nothing Come Between Us

I was reading in Romans 3:21-31 this morning, meditating on the righteousness that comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  Connected to that, I’ve going through Adolf Schlatter’s Do We Know Jesus? this year in my devotional … Continue reading

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Reflecting and Rejoicing

To rightly rejoice, we need to rightly reflect.  I was reminded of this as I was reading from Acts 16 this morning and the account of the Philippian jailer’s conversion.  At the end of that account, Luke writes in Acts … Continue reading

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But Is That Where We Want to Be Heading?

Perhaps you’ve heard and appreciate this sentiment, “The church is like Noah’s ark.  The stench on the inside would be unbearable if it weren’t for the storm on the outside.”  It’s humorous.  It’s memorable.  And it’s revealing.  For it betrays … Continue reading

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How Do You See the World?

The eighteenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel begins with these words, “And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”  From there, we read Jesus’ story of the persistent widow and … Continue reading

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Blowing Off Some Stink

“You need to go outside and blow off some stink,” my mother would say with some frequency during our summer breaks.  Meaning, “You’ve been inside and cooped up too long today.  And it’s starting to show.  Get outside and get … Continue reading

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