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This Little Light of Mine

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – What sort of circumstances cause you to question God’s character? Are they the…

God Among Us

The prophet Isaiah’s words inspire us with their beautiful cadences and lofty heights. They confront us with stern rebukes and correction. Isaiah is the source of nearly one quarter of the Old Testament quotations and allusions cited in the New Testament. In sheer size, it is second only to the Book of Psalms in length. Most important, Isaiah gives us a unique understanding of Jesus the Messiah, who fulfills many of these prophecies given 700 years before his birth. For…

Celebration

The large conference room on the lower level of Target Field was nearly ready, people were still busy making sure the food was in order on the tables and several people were making final arrangements of the chairs in various locations. While this was going on some of the invitees were beginning to arrive for the celebration. The air was thick with anticipation as the good ole boys from days gone by were together again. The boys of that long…

A Brand New You

Recently a friend completed a yearlong project to re-build his lake cabin. What began as basically a shack built in 1945 without electricity and plumbing is now nothing like the original. The project began with stripping the original cabin to the studs and determine what could be salvaged and used in the new cabin. As the work began they soon realized most of the original cabin was not salvageable. They did keep an interior wall and used it as a…

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…