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

The Top 5 Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Since coming to the United States in 2003, Thanksgiving has come to be a favorite holiday to me. I love that (despite the marketers’ best efforts) it still hasn’t been commercialized like Christmas and Easter. It’s not about gifts and shopping, it’s about pausing to appreciate the providence of God and praise Him for it, […]

The Christian & Civil Disobedience

Well, the election is finally behind us. The re-appointment of President Obama is one thing, but receiving less attention was the fact that yesterday also saw several more states vote to recognize same sex marriages (and for the first time by a popular vote in the United States). These decisions to re-define what constitutes marriage […]

The Preacher and Writer’s Block

I’ve been in the trenches as a lead pastor for over 20 years now.  Over that period I’ve preached 2 to 3 times each week to the congregations I’ve served, plus some other engagements I’ve been invited to from time to time, plus weddings and funerals. That means that, based on an average of 150 […]

“The Chocolate Soldier” by C.T. Studd [Dead Guy University]

On Sundays I post classic pieces from Church history. Today we have a very challenging piece by C.T. Studd (1860-1931). The great man pulled no punches! A brief biographical sketch follows at the bottom of this post. (Note: All emphases in the following article are the author’s, as printed in the original publication.) The Chocolate […]

Reformation Day Plus One

For many Americans, yesterday was just Halloween. “Candy Day.” For Eastcoasters cleaning up after the devastation of “Superstorm Sandy”, it wasn’t even that. Lots of kids will have to wait until the streets are safe and their parents can think about something other than where to get water and gasoline. For the Church, however, October […]

The Bible’s Permanence

Yesterday I wrote about the value of Bible memorization, with a few tips on how to do it. Continuing with the theme of the Bible, the following piece is taken from a newspaper cutting from around 1948. The cutting was tucked away in an old book that I picked up in a used book store […]

Memorizing Scripture For Dummies (Like Me!)

Anyone can memorize Scripture. It’s simply a myth that remembering passages of the Bible is a special ability bestowed on a chosen few. The question is not “Can I memorize Scripture?” but “Do WANT to?” If our desire is strong enough, we can all do it. Why Should We Memorize Scripture? There are a number […]

“If Repentance Is Lacking” by Donald Gee [Dead Guy University]

Each Sunday I post classic pieces from the history of the Church. Today we’re hearing from “The Apostle of Balance”, Pentecostal pioneer and statesman, Donald Gee (1891-1966). A brief sketch of his life follows at the bottom of this post. If Repentance is Lacking by Donald Gee What I believe to be the deepest need of […]

Delivering the Cure

In Daniel 12:2 we read: “Multitudes of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” The truth expressed in this verse is a certainty that is taught on page after page of the Bible. Eternity is racing toward us. One Saturday evening […]

What Mercy Means to Me Now (Part of the “Mercy Mondays” Project)

We’ve come to the final day of this series called “Mercy Mondays”. Every Monday for the past 7 weeks, Jenn LeBow has written a prompt on the subject of “mercy”, and invited others to respond with posts on their own blogs. (You can read all the responses for this week on Jenn’s blog.) The final […]

“A Lamb for a House” by Andrew Murray [Dead Guy University]

I publish Dead Guy University every Sunday. For generations of Christians through church history, Sunday, “The Lord’s Day”, was a day specially dedicated to family worship. Today that seems outdated to many, but we are undoubtedly the poorer for it. Today’s reading is from the writings of Andrew Murray (1828-1917); an extract from his book […]