Agape

Grounded and Tethered [part II]

 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesian 3:17-19 […]

Arrogance

Was Judas Right?

My mother bought home the boxed set, black and impressive containing the rock opera album musical released in 1970.  We were traditional evangelicals unsure of the relevance of the newly invented genre “rock opera”.  What did Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber know about Jesus and why would they call him a superstar?  We listened […]

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Thessaloniki

Paul addressed the church he began in Thessalonika with the epistle known as 1 Thessalonians.  This is the same city he was urged to travel to in Acts 16 that was crying out to him through the Holy Spirit.  According to Matthew Henry, this was the first epistle he wrote to any of the churches […]

Blindness

A Long Dark Walk

On a mission trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa, my wife and I left the capital city and traveled east in-country to a tiny village named Yonibana.  It was so small that there were only 3 buildings on the main road.  Off road there were school buildings and churches but mostly traditional huts.  At night, […]

When the Cloud Lifts (Part II)

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the […]

#realChristmas!

For unto you is born this day . . .

The most amazing thing about writing  this blog is how after writing things again and again. Sometimes you get breakthroughs in awesome ways. I was watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the umpteenth time.  I’ve watched and enjoyed it time and again, laughing at all the jokes in the same places.  I always [frequently] get goosebumps […]

Gethsemane

Gethsemane’s Test

This season offers more of an opportunity to place Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection into a live discussion because of Resurrection Day, an actual ‘Holy-day’.  There is more time for interesting conversations with children on why he came, lived and died.  A question was posed by our church’s Christmas play: “Why didn’t he come as a Ninja superhero?” As surely […]

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Love Unknown . . .

Watching Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” series is at once a celebration and glimpse of melancholy.  Reflecting on the CNN series has allowed me to revel in the profound depth of diversity that exists on our planet while I marvel at the commonality we share as humans in a big world that has never been smaller. Many have […]