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

Written In the Earth?

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20) Jesus spoke these words to the 70 disciples whom He sent out on a short-term mission trip, to preach in all the towns and cities where He was about to […]

The Problem of Pragmatic Evangelism

Steve Lenon is a dear friend. We met in the late 1990’s when we were both pastoring churches in the Devonport area in Tasmania. He’s an evangelist at heart. These days we live on opposite sides of the world, and I so miss the face to face fellowship we used to enjoy. Recently he read […]

The Ministry of the Ascended Lord

Today is “Ascension Day”. Acts 1:9 … “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” And what a sight that must have been. The disciples had recently seen their crucified Lord risen from the dead, and very much alive. They’d […]

Missed It By That Much! How Humanistic Preaching Gets the Gospel Wrong

Browsing through the latest issue of “Preaching” Magazine this week (always at least 1 or 2 helpful articles), I was troubled again to read the page of suggested illustrations for spicing up sermons. Here’s an example: “Have you heard of any of these famous failures as reported in ‘Mental Floss’ magazine? Author Jack London was […]

I Find No Fault in Him

“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 […]

“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 friend, Bill Beattie, to the town of Washington, […]

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 not sorry.) I was traveling with a pastor […]

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 gentile Christians, and what was to be required of them. Did […]

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 5:9, 14) The story of this man, Haman, is […]

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 knows that God’s blessing enriches our lives […]

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 we noted that God wants to bless. […]