The New American Standard Bible translates Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” In years past, I have read entire books based on the…

First days of school are tough, especially if you have changed neighborhoods over the summer and are starting in a new school, mapping out and exploring an unknown territory of classrooms and lockers.  Old friends are far removed.  The anticipation of “starting fresh” is dampened by the reality that it’s “starting fresh…alone.” One of my…

(This is the last point from Pastor Larry McKnight’s 8/16 teaching) Part Four:  Articulating a Gospel of Reconciliation   “My first attempt at articulating the gospel sums up in this point: Every person was reconciled to the Father by Jesus work on the Cross-His death. We are called to believe that-literally to believe Him; the one sent from God….

Earlier this week, I unexpectedly stumbled onto a blog which described a scenario that was positively frightening:  “This present state of helplessness and great concern has now finally engulfed the hearts of those Americans who had once clung onto optimistic appraisals and hopes.  They have now finally come to understand that the very hour in…

Are you functional….or do you function? That’s an awkwardly phrased question.  I admit it.  When defined as a noun, Merriam-webster online describes “function” as a “professional or official position,” and I suspect that is where most of us live our lives, that is the boundary around which we set expectations and interactions. But I think God’s heart is…

It’s that time of year…summertime around the corner, and the need for a bathing suit to replace the one that was lost last summer.  Twenty-two try-ons later, a suit with diagonal ruffles and some small polka dots fit all the requirements and went through the check-out aisle quickly. After getting home, while sharing the joyous…

The “elder son.” There is enough familiarity with Luke 15:11-32 throughout Christian conversation that the companion description of “prodigal son” often pops into mind whenever “elder son” is mentioned. The elder son. The responsible son. The proper son. The obedient son.  And, as the parable unfolds, the son who co-owns everything that belongs to the father….yet settles for a superficial relationship,…

Redeem the Apple! There’s no evidence that Eve ate an apple.  It is recorded in Scripture that “the tree was desirable to make one wise,” so Eve “took from its fruit and ate.”  (Gen. 3:6)                                   …but it might not have been an apple…. Why is there any significance at all to that little detail? Because scores of spiritually-thirsty, spiritually-famished people…

When this photo came across my FB page, I was captured by the moment it records.  The young man with the cello (whose name is Asher) is standing in a Nicaraguan trash heap, sharing God’s love and lifting up worship to Him in the midst of the dirt, the stench, the heat, the poverty.  He…

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