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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 […]

Silent Films, Transcripts, and Talkies

In a bitter political season some said, “Don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do.” During the same time, others reminded us that “words matter.” Trying to make sense of two seemingly opposite thoughts, I’ve been wondering what it would be like to have nothing more than a silent film of the life […]

In this Moment

This may be a better moment than most to remind ourselves what the wisdom that comes from above looks like. After assuring readers that well intentioned requests for wisdom are always granted, a messenger of Jesus reminds brothers and sisters of the contrast between demonic and angelic wisdom. He helps us recall that, from the […]

The Vision of Aquinas

During the Middle Ages, Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) became one of the Western Church’s most celebrated defenders of reason, faith, and Scripture.  Yet just three months before his death something happened that caused him to leave unfinished a massive legacy of his life’s work. While reflecting on the broken body and shed blood of his Savior, […]

The Short Answer

“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of […]

Us and Them

What did Jesus mean when he referred to people like us as evil parents (Matthew 7:11)? If some in the crowd thought he was insulting them, they may have been hearing what he said rather than what he meant. Who needed most to hear his heart when he said, “If you, then, though you are […]

Defining Moments

Moments of truth come to us in different ways. And for many of us the Bible has given us our best understanding of defining moments. Like the first time our first parents pointed their fingers at one another in an effort to protect themselves. Or when the long-awaited Hope of a nation refused to defend […]

Teachable Moments

In the last post we raised the question of whether a person of questionable motives can say something profound about the heart of our God. Like the wise woman of Tekoa, the high priest who presided over the condemnation of Jesus also shows us that the goodness of our God can show up in some […]

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