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So Why Then the Gospel?

  Here’s a brief follow-up to the last post… So what’s the point and urgency of the Gospel? Because we are all going to be held accountable… for the gift of life entrusted to us… Because of love… Because of the pain and suffering of not knowing… and, and, and, As I see it, for […]

Yes but… Yes…

I’ve become increasingly convinced that just about anything someone believes about religion, politics, our national constitution, and more importantly the Bible and the words of Jesus, can be countered with— another written text from the Bible. In many cases the issue isn’t worth living, dying, or risking one’s reputation for. Sometimes, however, and especially when […]

Beyond the Curtain

With the passing of someone we love, our minds go to questions of what lies beyond the curtain. And as we honor and remember those who have preceded us in death, I’m guessing that many of us will also admit that we love God to the extent that we believe he loves us— and those […]

Personal Update

Been Thinking Friends, I have just placed my wife, Di, into hospice after a long process of home care, recent hospital stays, and crises that have been so hard on her. Now that she is being cared for around the clock by hospice workers, as you might expect, my family and I are struggling with conflicting […]

Divine Parallels

During three years of public life, Jesus told religious leaders who envied him that he only said and did what his Father told him to say and do. Hours before his death he told his disciples that— as they had heard the voice of the Father in him— so they would soon hear his voice […]

For the Greater Good

“It is for your good that I am going away.” (John 16:7) After three years, Jesus’ friends had gotten used to surprise. But hearing their Teacher say it was time for him to leave didn’t make sense. So he went on to assure them that the Friend he would send “Will take you by the […]

The Way Forward

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty” (Zech 4:6). The setting of these often-quoted words has to do with the rebuilding of a ruined temple. The details are obscure. But the idea stands on its own. Like a proverb, the same thought shows up in the lyrics of […]

Courageous Gentleness

Night had fallen in a Privileged  Land. The forces of evil were winning. Good efforts were being overruled. Something had to be done. So, Elijah called down fire from heaven that consumed wet wood on an altar of challenge. With his sword  (in the ways of a violent age) he killed 400 prophets of Baal. […]

The Humility of God

The thought might seem laughably self-contradictory. If it is so, why does the God of the Scriptures seem pathologically consumed with his desire for praise and glory? Why would he demand that we love him? But if it is not the case, how could Jesus be mirroring something about the heart of his Father and […]

One Thought!?

AW Tozer (1897-1963) famously claimed in The Knowledge of the Holy that “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” While recently reviewing the book to see if I could find more context for the quote, I was reminded of how the Apostle Paul described his […]

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