In the past few months, we have been reminded in painful ways that we still have work to do — prayer work and practical work — in the area of racial justice and equity. In the past few months, we have been consumed by a pandemic which has brought sickness, death, fear, and isolation. During …

We hear a lot these days about being “woke,” which a trendy online dictionary defines as “the act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue.” Now, class, let’s use “woke” in a sentence: “Most people don’t care about how climate change is affecting musk oxen in Gr…

One of the first statements made by the professor of my seminary preaching class, you know the class meant to shape us all into the next generation of Billy Grahams, was that the average person seated in the congregation will only hear one out of every three words a pastor says.

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people. The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’. Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not s…

What a spring and summer it has been! Who would have thought it? COVID-19, plus the civil unrest afflicting our nation. What’s a body to do? What is a Christian to do? Let’s tackle both issues from one Christian perspective. Not the only one, but one.

Read through the paper. Watch the 24-hour news networks. Tune your radio onto talk radio. What do you read, see and hear? Cities being torn apart by rioting. The American flag and the Holy Bible are being burned in streets. Efforts to defund the men and women in uniform who protect and serve…

This summer, I have been preaching through the life of Joseph at my church. We recently read the text where Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh. For two years, Joseph has been in prison on false charges. Before that, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family. Had I been through even part of w…

I’ve admitted before that when it comes to my grandkids, our house is pretty much the “Land of Yes.” Within reason, that is. I mean, it’s pretty easy for them to coax me into one more cookie or a few extra minutes playing video games, but I’m not about to let 4-year-old Sadie drive my car, n…

Has anyone ever wronged you? Has anyone ever hurt you deeply or superficially; intentionally or unintentionally? Do you still carry around the scar? Now let me ask another set of questions.

Does the fact that you are a Christian make any difference? Does it change the way you interact with the world? Does it affect how you perceive your neighbor? Right now, there is a lot of conversation around the protests across our country. Some want to join in. Some want them to go away. Th…

I recently watched a 12-episode docudrama whose main characters were all involved in the construction of the Titanic in Belfast, Ireland, in the early 1900s. It was good, but there was a certain pall cast over the whole thing because no matter how much I wanted a different ending, I knew the…

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh, rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or yo…

In the old days, thrill-seekers had to go skydiving, bungee jumping, or to Walmart on a Saturday for their adrenaline fix. No more. Now all we have to do is turn on the news if we want to test the upper limits of our nervous system.

Today, I feel inadequate to offer the guidance, encouragement, strength, or reason that will help us navigate the chaos we are living through every day. I have been watching and listening for someone to speak with Godly discernment amid the chaos. I mourn for the time an ambassador for God, …

Here’s my confession for today: I’ve been praying for as long as I can remember, but sometimes I still don’t know how to do it. Pandemic, sickness, risk, fear, prejudice, injustice, unrest. When our minds and hearts are overwhelmed, how do we gather words into prayers?

Shortly after the murder of George Floyd and in the thick of the ensuing chaos, I awoke one morning with part of a Bible verse playing on a loop in my mind: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

I asked a lady with wild purple hair and gobs of bright red eye makeup to help me choose new glasses frames. Based on her appearance, I thought she’d steer me toward bedazzled specs from the Elton John Collection, but she didn’t. In fact, she actually gave me some solid guidance.

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