July 27, 2016

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Six

So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be … [Continue reading...]

Civil Religion Series: Post-War Alignments

Civil Religion, part ten Post-War Alignments Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues … [Continue reading...]

Independence Day 2016

We who live in the U.S. celebrate our Independence Day today. Let us express our thanks to God for his common grace of giving us the opportunity to live in this land. Let us offer prayers for wisdom, peace, and justice today … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 3, 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week July 3, 2016 For your pleasure and contemplation, I am posting an original photograph and a corresponding poem each week on Sundays. May these offerings help lead us to a deeper place of rest on the … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: July 2, 2016

  We're in Chicago for the weekend, enjoying music and walking around the city. The picture above is from the 1960 Chicago Auto Show, an event I attended a few times back when I was a teen. Note how Rambler was being … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: The Wilderness Within

They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. • Robert Frost, “Desert Places” • • • One … [Continue reading...]

This is the Gospel?

No one in the Bible, when described in a judgment scene, is asked if they accepted, trusted, or embraced the soterian gospel. In other words, “Did you accept Jesus into your heart consciously?” or “Did you walk the aisle to … [Continue reading...]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Five

Blessings on people who are persecuted because of God’s way! The kingdom of heaven belongs to you. Blessings on you, when people slander you and persecute you, and say all kinds of wicked things about you falsely because of me! … [Continue reading...]

Civil Religion Series: Wealth, the Social Gospel, and Holy War

Civil Religion, part nine Wealth, the Social Gospel, and Holy War Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 27, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 27, 2016 Today we continue a series of Monday posts with excerpts of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about the Bible and what it does and does not promise to do for us. • • • Sometimes, the … [Continue reading...]