Humility

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We All Need Protection…from Ourselves

Galatians 1:6-12 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or

Responding to Conflict with One Eye on Jesus

If you’ve never been in conflict with someone, I would venture to say you either A) live alone in a cave, or B) are seriously self-deceived. Whenever two sinful people interact with each other, it’s inevitable that at some point there’s going to be conflict. For that reason, relationships can be hard. Even as Christians,

My Prayer for the Last Six Months: ‘One Dry Day’

And God said, “No.” This past Saturday, April 29, marked my second year of coordinating – along with an amazing team of volunteers – ForColumbia, a community-wide day of serving among what has grown to include 48 churches partnering to love and serve our city. For months, I’ve been praying for this day. I’ve been

‘I just want my life to make a difference.’

We have absolutely no clue how God might be pleased to use us in this life. Neither do we have the faintest idea what the impact of our lives might look like 20, 50, or even hundreds of years after our death. Since God has placed eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), those of us

Getting ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Christian Service

It seems pretty likely that any American over the age of 12 has seen several of those “Let’s lock and load!” sequences so prevalent in action movies and TV shows, sometimes even spoofed in children’s programming. As entertainment consumers, by now we are all familiar with the prerequisites for a well-executed lock-and-load montage: An unimpressive

My Own Personal ‘Shepherd’s Staff’

For a few months now, I’ve been carrying around three small stones that I picked up on the coast of Maine while visiting family this past August. One of my favorite pastimes while oceanside is to walk the beach looking for unusually-colored or oddly-shaped stones thrown up on the shore by the waves. The East

Happily Falling for the Greatest Swindle Ever

Everyone – and in this one instance I really do mean absolutely everyone, myself included – tends to respond to personal moral failures by seeking the false comfort afforded by listening to the relentless inner voice that stubbornly insists, “Come on! You’re a pretty good person!” And once we accept the proposition that we are,

Grace Will Be Required to ‘Finish Well’

This past weekend, I spent most of a 24-hour period at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, at a mini-conference entitled “Stand Firm: Christian Courage and the Struggle for Civilization.” Speakers making an appearance at Covenant Seminary’s Francis Schaeffer Institute Lecture Series included author and social critic Os Guinness; William Edgar, professor of apologetics at

Exegesis of Psalm 24:1 via Daffy Duck: ‘Pronoun Trouble’

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1 (King James) When reading through the historical accounts of the Old Testament, I’ll admit there are times when my spirit struggles to accept one very simple lesson, typically due to what feels like its seemingly-endless repetition. At

Hacking the Hexateuch* to Finish Well

‘Crossing the Jordan’ to the Promised…Office Space Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18a (KJV) These past several weeks, I’ve been doing some reading and reflecting on why it is that God’s faithful people – particularly His more “visible” disciples – can be faithful for decades and then go seriously astray later