I like to walk the lane in front of our house and pray before I go to bed. Because it is dark there are few distractions. The roundtrip is exactly one mile and takes about 20 minutes. It's perfect. However, a while back I sensed something wasn't right with my prayer experience. Often, after asking … Continue reading Three Tools That Make Intercession Joyful
I awoke this morning and realized that this was the fiftieth anniversary of my first Valentines Day with Judy. On that day in 1969, she handed me a homemade Valentine. I opened it and a large red heart, glued to the end of a compressed curler, sprung out at me. I was delighted and felt … Continue reading Celebrating Fifty Valentines with the Same Wonderful Woman
Join me in a thought experiment. Imagine you are God. You are getting ready to create the world, and because you are omniscient, (you know all things past and future), you realize that the people that you are getting ready to create will go bad. They will use the good things that you are going … Continue reading A Short Meditation on God’s Extravagant Love
Fox News reports that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) unveiled her "Green New Deal" yesterday. It amounts to a complete revamping of American life, massive government spending with no suggestions for how to pay for it, and the full implementation of socialism. What motivates her proposal are easily identifiable problems. Some exist and some don't. But one … Continue reading Why Politically Incorrect Sexual Morality Is the Solution
It's not unusual for people to read the Bible with big questions. One of the most common is how to reconcile what seems to be a God of wrath in the Old Testament from what seems to be a God of mercy and grace in the New Testament. My friend, Tom, is a good example. … Continue reading Why Does God Seem so Different in The Old Testament and the New Testament?
ON TUESDAY JANUARY 30, 1649, in London, an event occurred that changed the course of history. Charles I, King of England, was tried and executed by his subjects. The crime? Treason! As Charles climbed the steps to the scaffold, a crowd, estimated at 10,000, gathered to watch. The King spoke quietly to his chaplain, Bishop Juxon. … Continue reading Is There A Connection Between Humility and Freedom?
JUDY AND I ARE in southern Arizona enjoying the dessert sun. Last weekend we attended a Gospel Coalition/9Marks church in the local area. The people were sincere and kind. We were graciously and effectively greeted several times.But the church exhibited an all-too-common problem. The church culture offended us, but there was nothing in the message … Continue reading How To Be A Church that Offends People Effectively!