Nov17FriNovember 17, 2017
In my little book, " Glory in the Face ," I said that by knowing Christ, we can face adversity of every kind—-with the joy of the Lord, which is our strength, and with the peace of God that guards our hearts and minds. In Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia, both peace and joy are listed, along with seven other character traits,...
Oct18WedOctober 18, 2017
I continue to love my reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “ Letters and Papers from Prison, ” so here’s another DB-focussed post.
By January of 1943, Bonhoeffer had been in prison for nine months. He had been certain that he would be released before Christmas, but in this he was mistaken.
To his best friend Eberhard Bethge,...
Sep18MonSeptember 18, 2017
In the second Scene of Act II of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” the Prince himself says to two minor bad guys, “Denmark's a prison.” What a thing for the Crown Prince of Denmark to say about the Scandinavian country he was in line to inherit.
A moment later, to respond to the reactions of the bad guys,...
Sep2SatSeptember 2, 2017
As readers of my book may remember, since the days I was a guy in his twenties who longed to have a church and a pulpit “of my own,” I have kept a select group of godly pastors, preachers and writers of the past, as my DEAD MEN, that is, my self-chosen role models. In the book, I referred to some of them as MY FINAL FIVE.
Jul31MonJuly 31, 2017
Last week, a big guy hit me once on the top of my head with a sledgehammer. Thankfully, I had just put on my bicycle helmet. The experience hurt quite a bit at the time. And five days later, it still hurts. Not my head, but my neck, my chest (especially my collar bones), and my spine.
Of course, I knew what to do. The instructions are...
Jul6ThuJuly 6, 2017
“ Note then the kindness and the severity of God, ” wrote the Apostle Paul in one of his “God-breathed” letters [Romans 11:22]. Kindness. Severity. Paul was not the only servant of God who saw those two contrasting character traits in the heart of God.
There was also Nahum, an Old Testament prophet who served...
Jun21WedJune 21, 2017
The ancient concept of “justice” has, for the most part, been swallowed whole by the modern notion of “fairness.” The word “justice’ seems only to live on in the phrase “social justice,” which generally means equal amounts of money for everyone, just to be "fair." The commonly-held concept of how...
Jun13TueJune 13, 2017
Sometimes a very unlikely person, a duly-elected prime minister or premier or president, for example, can effect a very unlikely change to many lives.
Jun6TueJune 6, 2017I note, with some degree of self-approval, that I am not talking about politicians as much as I have been accustomed to. That’s because it has recently occurred to me that as I speak (and write) about “the strength to face anything,” I must include politics—and politicians—as a part of the “anything” that God gives us strength to face. “Anything” MUST include more than trusting God about personal trials and challenges related to health and family, careers and finances, friends and acquaintances, and apparently random events.
May11ThuMay 11, 2017In the process of establishing the United States of America, the Founding Fathers appointed five men to serve on a committee, which they named The Committee of Five. (Keeping things simple seemed to be a good idea, in the beginning.) Thomas Jefferson was one of the five, and the other four said that he would be the one who would write The Declaration of Independence. And he did. It began with a number of truths that he declared to be “self-evident; the first one being “that all men are created equal."