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The Cross

Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole-body weight being supported by out stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The main cause of death by Roman crucifixion was due to asphyxiation.…

Number One

As sports fan and a past competitor in sports I have heard the phrase “number one” many times. Participating in sports, we focused on being number one. What do we need to do better to be number one? How do we remain number one? The clear priority in sports is to be number one. ABC Wide World of Sports used to say “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. Nobody wanted anything to do with the agony of…

Dark Side of the Moon

Have you ever heard about the “dark side” of the Moon? It’s the portion of the moon that is permanently turned away from the Earth.  That side of the moon still receives sunlight; the name is not meant to imply that it doesn’t. The name refers to the fact we can never view that side of the Moon from Earth because the time it takes for the Moon to rotate once is the same amount of time it takes for it to orbit…

Rats in the Cellar

Over the years I have had a few encounters with a rat. Each time I came away with the same impression, rats are ugly, nasty and they give me the creeps! No one likes to stumble upon a rat.  It’s always an unpleasant surprise.  C.S. Lewis draws a powerful parallel between rats and our own sinfulness. “We begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what…

Surviving Winter

One of the most unique things about living in the Midwest is the extreme difference in weather that comes with each new season. All four seasons are accompanied by their own natural brand of temperatures, scenery, and unpredictability. It’s probably why small talk with strangers around here usually defaults to the weather – I mean, I’ve never lived in Southern California, but I can’t imagine the daily, expected forecast of “75 & sunny” would make for much of a conversation…

A Search for Healing

As I sit down to write this, I find myself in the midst of some “less than ideal” circumstances. A handful of mixed emotions are traveling through my heart as I try to discern how to compile the sentences and paragraphs to follow. I feel pain & deep sorrow. One minute my mind is filled with extreme confusion while the next it’s frozen with sadness. I am entrenched in a daily, internal war between the temptation of self-pity and the…

Advent

On November 22, 1928 Ravel’s Bolero premiered at the Paris Opera. The work was showered with superlatives from the premier performance. Words such as spectacular, unprecedented, overpowering were used to describe the music. The orchestral scheme is simple but well worked out. The melody is first sung by the flute and then by one after another of the solo winds. As the crescendo gains momentum the brass begin to add their robust statement of the theme. After the melody has…

Contextualization = Multiplication

  One of the greatest epidemics in American Christianity today is the lack of what mainline evangelicals call “witnessing.” A “witness” is required to communicate or testify of what he/she had seen in a clear and understandable way (). The Barna Group did a survey and found that “a slight majority of born again adults – 55% – claimed to have shared their faith in Christ with a non-Christian during the prior 12 months.” That means on average only 1…

Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” In a time where our supposed “epic centers” of knowledge known as public education have completely removed God, it may seem strange to think about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge. To understand why knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord I can think of no better illustration than Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam…

A Godly Response to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

The following are a few examples of the many words and phrases describing what people might be thinking about the legalizing of same-sex marriage: Basic civil right; freedom; peace; equality; love wins; finally; American victory (President Obama); the end is coming; sodomites; God loves everyone; God hates gays; too traditional; narrow minded; hate crimes; unconstitutional judiciary tyranny (Mike Huckabee), etc. The list goes on, but what should be our reaction as believers, co-workers, neighbors, and leaders? I would like to…

Prayer

The word technology today can mean many different things based on the context of the discussion. It could be a new piece of hardware, a mobile device, or perhaps a new app or a server farm. Much of technology, especially software is about data and access to data. Once you have the data, it can be directed in many different ways. You can report on data, mine data, manipulate data, display data and so on. In the background of the…

Sexual Immorality in the Church

The Bride of Christ has a sex problem in the American church. Sexual problems in marriage, pre-marital sex, adultery, pornography, self-satisfaction, homosexuality and many other forms have plagued the church and will continue to plague the church. In Dr. Budziszewski’s book On the Meaning of Sex, he writes about the problem, “Errors about sex cause such terrible suffering, in our day more than in most. The worst is the suffering of those who no longer know they are in torment,…