This week marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of one of my personal 'giants' of the faith and great influences, Christian music artist Rich Mullins, who died in a car accident on his way to a benefit concert. If you don't know who he was, give his music, lyrics and writing a try, I … Continue reading A Tribute To My Messed Up Hero
I wasn't planning to go there, but I'm here already so I thought I'd offer up some hopefully encouraging and Biblical thoughts for what feels like a world turned upside-down. I mean it when I say what I desire to bring to the table is some clarity in the confusion, some sanity in the madness … Continue reading When Labels and Safe Places Fail
The following Facebook post by writer Lore Wilbert is bold and strong and necessary, like a much needed shot of espresso on a dreary morning. She speaks with grace and conviction. Dear believers, something precious is getting lost in the shuffle of our ridiculous obsession with popular opinion. We are called to first and foremost … Continue reading Chasing Self Isn’t Brave
I'm re-reading some chapters of the book Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and was struck this morning by this paragraph in which she addresses our never-ending need to be filled, with something... anything... that satisfies our deepest longings. "If we grasp the full love of Christ, we won't grab at other things to fill us. Or if we … Continue reading Grasping or Grabbing?
"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:17 A few weeks ago, I was walking past my kitchen table and … Continue reading Just A Reminder… He Really, Really Loves Us!
Image Credit: Patheos.com “Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. God's saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who … Continue reading Those Adult Coloring Books Though…
Friends, we are called as disciples to "preach the Word" and be "ready in season and out of season", when the circumstances are for us and when they are against us. We are told to "convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching" (2 Timothy 4:2). Why? Because "the time will come when people will not endure sound … Continue reading Your Compromise isn’t a Virtue
"Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:6-7) "Do not neglect the gift that is in you... … Continue reading Call Up The Fire
"We must base our thinking on the rugged facts of life according to God's book, and not according to the finesse of modern civilization. Let us not be so careful as to how we offend or please human ears, but let us never offend God's ears." Oswald Chambers Let's face it, being a Christian these … Continue reading The Word and the World
"Love without a Cross has no backbone. Love without a Cross can't stand - because it's only about feel-good and not about being made new. While political correctness may say, "Only talk of 'Love' and no messy cross and maybe we'll find one of many ways to the good life," Jesus quietly offers: "Come to Me … Continue reading Plastic Crosses