Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

I Find No Fault in Him

Ecce Homo“Pilate then went out again, and said to them, ‘Behold I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him.” (John 19:4)

History has not been kind to Pontius Pilate. He was prefect of Judea from AD 26-36, but ultimately was recalled to Rome in disgrace by Emperor Tiberius after his brutal suppression of an uprising among the Samaritans. The Roman historian Eusebius recounts that, after the death of Tiberius, Caligula banished Pilate to Gaul and that he ultimately committed suicide in a lake in Vienne.

But these other incidents in his ignominious life pale beside the events that he is most remembered for. History would barely remember him at all, except for his role in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The gospels portray him as not wanting to order the execution, but that he capitulated to the will of the mob incited by the Jewish religious leaders.

Many, therefore, have regarded him as sympathetic to Jesus — perhaps even personally affected by the Lord as He stood before him — but a coward who didn’t have the courage of his convictions.

I wonder if that’s not reading too much into the story. [Continue reading]

“Eating Up the Lights”: The Challenge I Saw in a Painting

The painting featured at the top of this post is entitled “Eating Up the Lights” by artist Gary R. Lucy. The story behind it is remarkable. (Click on the image to get a bit closer look.) I came across this painting recently when I traveled with my … [Continue reading]

5 Simple Keys to a Regret-Free Marriage

Tomorrow, Alli and I will celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I am so very grateful for our life together. It’s wonderful, and that’s largely because Alli is the best person I know. I feel like I cheated the rest of the world to nab her. (But I’m … [Continue reading]

Stress Is Harmful? Maybe Not So Much After All [Video]

We've all been told repeatedly that stress is bad for us. Deadly in some cases. But Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal presents fascinating new scientific evidence that challenges this idea that stress is the big bad ogre. Studies now indicate … [Continue reading]

Some Things Are Worth Fighting For

“And when there had been much dispute …” (Acts 15:7) Isn’t this a little embarrassing to be included in the Bible? Paul and Barnabas arrived back in Jerusalem to get answers from the other apostles. There had been a growing debate about the new … [Continue reading]

“The Renegade Pastor” by Nelson Searcy [Book Review]

This book review is, I guess, of most interest to my colleagues in ministry (although it would make a great gift for your pastor!) By my count, The Renegade Pastor, is Nelson Searcy's 12th book in print, not including scores of other ebooks and … [Continue reading]

Overcoming the Death Grip of Bitterness

"So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai ..... so he had the gallows made."  (Esther … [Continue reading]

The Blessed Life (Part 3)

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” (Psalm 67:1) In Part 1, we saw that the writer of this Psalm is after something.  Above anything else he could wish for, this man wants the blessing of God. He … [Continue reading]

The Blessed Life (Part 2)

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” (Psalm 67:1) In Part 1, we saw that the writer of this Psalm is after something.  Above anything else he could wish for, this man wants the blessing of God. And … [Continue reading]

The Blessed Life (Part 1)

"God be merciful to us and bless us,And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah." (Psalm 67:1) The writer of this Psalm is after something.  Something that to him is worth more than anything else he could sing or write songs about. More than money, … [Continue reading]

The Glorious Doctrine of The Ascension of Christ

Christmas brings the incarnation before us every year.  Easter does the same for Jesus death and resurrection.  But the doctrine of the Ascension is a part of the story that is not given nearly as much attention. There is an “Ascension Day” on the … [Continue reading]