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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,…

What’s “Good” about Good Friday?

Good Friday – what could possibly be “good” in connection with a crucifixion? The Son of God – unjustly condemned as a criminal and put to death by way of one of the most horrific, torturous, and gruesome practices in the history of mankind. But while the practice of crucifixion itself is horrifying, the eternal implications of Jesus’ death are where an unbelievable amount of “good” can be found. Over the course of this week, I’ve been trying to think through…

Lessons in the Wilderness

In my daily reading of God’s Word I just read through the book of Numbers. In a book titled Numbers you would expect to find statistics and figures, and sure enough they are listed in the book. After an initial census to determine the strength of the fighting force, God instructed Moses to cleanse and consecrate the nation for worship and warfare. After a special celebration of the Passover at Mount Sinai, the people began the journey to the Promised…

Glimmer of Hope

I met Mike years ago at one the many forgetful places of employment I’ve had. We both worked the graveyard shift along with a cast of other characters like I had never seen before or since. When I met Mike he had been sober for a couple of years after many years of dedicated hardcore drinking. Mike was kind of like an airplane flying too close to the ground, the threat of a crash was almost inevitable. In one such…

Microcosm at the Manger

I have no idea who coined the idiom “hustle and bustle,” but I’ve noticed that the only time I’ve ever heard a real human say those words is during the Christmas season. Perhaps the complete silliness of that phrase is the only appropriate way to describe the madness that officially begins the day after Thanksgiving each year. The month of December is a whirlwind of endless activity: frantic shopping, decorating, baking, the arduous task of picking out the perfect picture…