Book Review: God for the Rest of Us

Can you imagine if Karl Barth sat down to write Church Dogmatics and began with an exceptional account of how wrecked his life has been by sin, how disturbed his family is/was, and other unsavory and sordid details of his confusion, pain, and suffering and then told us the story of how God redeemed it,… Continue reading Book Review: God for the Rest of Us

How Long?, Lenten Reflection #7

Here I am in the midst of the Lenten season. I have been reading my Bible, trying to pray, avoiding social media, and really working hard to get myself into a routine that is conducive to good faith practice–that is, I've been working real hard to root our sin and draw closer to Jesus. It… Continue reading How Long?, Lenten Reflection #7

Book Review: Aloof

Title: Aloof Author: Tony Kriz Illustrator: Jonathan Case Publisher: Thomas Nelson Year: 2014 Pages: 228 [Disclaimer: I was provided a reader's copy of Aloof through the Thomas Nelson BookLook Blogger program. I was not compensated for my review and I was not asked to write a positive review. My review is only to be fair… Continue reading Book Review: Aloof

Meditations on Hebrews, pt 1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and… Continue reading Meditations on Hebrews, pt 1

Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

Author: Joshua Harris Title: Dug Down Deep Pages: 232; +study guide & endnotes (study guide written by Thomas Womack) Publisher: Multnomah Books Date: 2010, 2011  I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my review by Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.  "A religious person is trying to put God in their debt through hard… Continue reading Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

The God of Our Expectations

The God of Our Expectations 1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God,… Continue reading The God of Our Expectations

Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites

Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites Genesis 18, Luke 15 Properly speaking, of course, a Sodomite is someone who lives in Sodom the ancient city that one afternoon Abraham, the father of our faith, stood interceding for. A Gomorrahite is someone who lived Gomorrah. I suspect we have clung to the former because it is much… Continue reading Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites

As People Moved Eastward

As People Moved Eastward Genesis 11, Luke 10 The first time we read of man moving ‘eastward’ it was in Genesis 3 and in direct relation to the curse which was a direct result of the sin. The eastward march continued with Cain who ‘went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land… Continue reading As People Moved Eastward

God’s Wisdom and God’s Power

Friends, This clip takes about 9:45. If you skip through or try to cut to the end, you will miss the entire point of the video. Watch the entire clip. The whole thing. I love the line, “God in his wisdom allows what his power easily could have prevented.” Wonderful. Every Christian needs to hear… Continue reading God’s Wisdom and God’s Power

God Remembers Us

God Remembers Us Genesis 8, Proverbs 2 In my estimation, those three words are some of the most important words in the Bible. “God remembered Noah.” Not only are they some of the most important words in the Bible, but they are some of the most beautiful. I don’t happen to think there is anything… Continue reading God Remembers Us

Feminine Metaphors, The Bible, God, and The Shack

This post attempts to dismiss the angst many have over so-called ‘feminine’ theology. Much of the angst comes from those who are simply afraid that God might not fit into their pre-conceived ideas. Of special concern is the angst many have over The Shack’s presentation of God as a fat, African-American woman. (I suspect much of it comes, too, because people haven’t actually read The Shack.)

Being Dad: Bouncing on Beds

Friends, Several years ago I wrote a book-length series of devotions that, at the time, I sent around to everyone in my email address book. All of the devotionals were based on my experiences as a dad to three boys (the oldest of which, at the time, was 10; he is now 15.) I never… Continue reading Being Dad: Bouncing on Beds

Richard Dawkins is Probably not an Atheist

Friends, Here’s a funny story from the Christian Post: “No God” Ads to Hit London Buses. I guess Dick and his friends at the British Humanist Association are raising money (or have already and continue to do so) in order to put advertisements on city buses. Says the article: The slogan is the brainchild of… Continue reading Richard Dawkins is Probably not an Atheist