House of Mourning

My grandparents walked to church on Sunday morning while listening to beckoning church bells, but they never entered the doors before first having strolled past the saints whose rest is won. The cemetery provided a silent pre-sermon for the faithful—and more importantly the not so faithful—that “a generation goes, and a generation comes” and each […]

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Caterpillar in a Ring of Fire

Not too long ago we were introduced to a spiritual exercise called “The Tongue Assignment.” In a nutshell, you take one week and refrain from all of the following: complaining, criticizing, blame shifting, boasting, deceiving, gossiping, and defending yourself. It just so happened that we were packing for a trip, so we decided to start […]

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Parenting vs. Guerrilla Warfare

Last Saturday I walked over to our local soccer field to meet up with my family. It was team picture day so various groups lined the fence in their bright-colored uniforms, looking like little escapees from a box of Crayola crayons. My eyes and ears drifted to one small boy who was refusing to cooperate, […]

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My Way, No Way

The Daily Mail (UK) published an article stating that pop songs have overtaken hymns as the music of choice at funerals. In fact, undertakers reported that hymns are declining quickly in popularity, mirroring the decline in church attendance. So what song do you think tops the “send-off” list? And now, the end is near And […]

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Anchored in Hope

In The Insanity of God, author Nik Ripken recounts his time in Russia and the Ukraine where he interviewed numerous pastors and church leaders who lived under communism. His question was this: How did so many Russians and Ukrainians keep their faith strong over decades of communist oppression of believers? One man shared this story […]

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Forget-Me-Nots

Behold. The word should arrest us and draw us in for a closer look. In Scripture, behold acts as a signpost pointing to something wonderful that deserves our closest attention. Behold, I have engraved you in the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16). In the preceding verse, the claim is made that God has forsaken […]

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Light for the Nations

Missions is always present in our thinking. We’ve enjoyed and profited from various readings this week, including John Stott on Romans and John Piper on God’s glory in the worship of the nations. Stott writes, “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners […]

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House of Bread: Baked in Self-Pity

[ Part 6: House of Bread: From Lamenting to Bitterness ] Chapter one of Ruth comes to a close with these words: “And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.” This was probably late April or early May. The barley harvest lasted about one month followed by the wheat harvest, which led up to […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Do you ever think about change, defined as a difference in a state of affairs at different points in time? Philosophers have been debating their various theories since the Presocratics. Remember Heraclitus’ famous statement, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” […]

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In the Mind of a Man

A friend called the other day and asked if the terror attacks in Europe would be altering our plans to go to Prague. Actually, the thought never entered our minds. Earthy security is an illusion, a wishful notion, an impossible quest. The only place where a body and soul are safe and secure is in […]

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