If I … (thoughts on a hypocrisy lived)

If I ever disrespected, Or somehow neglected, Your glorious Name or calling. If I have broken a promise, Or shown I’m dishonest, Doing damage to Your reputation. If I have spoken too harshly, Displayed anger rashly, And brought You into disrepute. If I have judged unkindly, Using Your Name idly, Making others question Your love.…

The Mysteries of God

Indiana Jones holds up the picture of the Biblical battle for the two government men (Eaton and Musgrove). Eaton: Good God! Indy: Yes. That’s what the Hebrews thought. Musgrove: What’s that supposed to be coming out of there? Indy: Who knows … lightning … fire … the power of God. Eaton: I’m beginning to understand…

Straight Talk

Let’s get something straight from the outset: I have way more fear for what God thinks of my opinions and actions than I do any person or group of persons in the world. After all, Christ said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid…

Know the Terrain

We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporizing ground; (4) narrow passes; (5) precipitous heights; (6) positions at a great distance from the enemy. Sun Tzu In April of 1242 the Northern Crusades were still in full swing and the Teutonic Livonian Order was making a…

It Is Good … Very Good

It was yesterday during worship at church that my two year-old (almost three!) son announced what he had to do, first in the prayer before the bread during the Lord’s Supper, then a second time right after the amens had been said. You can probably guess what he needed to do, so I won’t spell…