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

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 […]

Nice Things or Good Things?

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in […]

Motivation For Mercy (Part of the “Mercy Mondays” Project)

This morning I continue my contributions to a series called “Mercy Mondays”. Each Monday, Jenn LeBow is writing a prompt on the subject of “mercy”, and she’s inviting others to respond with posts on their own blogs. (You can read all the responses each week on Jenn’s blog.) This week’s prompt is: “Motivation for Mercy“ […]

How To Have a Transformational Quiet Time

One of the most basic instincts of the follower of Jesus is a daily quiet time. Some people call it their “devotions”. Simply, it’s a time set aside each day to get alone and, at the very least, read the Bible and pray. This is such a vital activity for fueling a Christian’s spiritual walk, […]

Tender Mercies and Lovingkindnesses: It’s All In the Adjectives

“Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.” (Psalm 25:6) It’s possible, I think, for mercy to be shown as an unemotional decision. I can imagine a judge being convinced to show mercy to the guilty defendant before him because he is convinced by the arguments of a […]

The Craftsmanship of God

“He fashions their hearts individually.” Psalm 33:15 It’s the same every time I go to the bank. The teller looks down at my half-filled in deposit slip and gives me that look. “You still don’t know your account number?”  Like a scolded schoolboy I hand over my debit card, “The number’s on here if you […]

Swinging the Hammer of God’s Word

“Is not My word like … a hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces.” Jeremiah 23:29 This text conjures up for me the image of a man on a chain gang, singing in cadence with his comrades as they swing their sledgehammers down onto granite boulders. Blow after blow is made, and you wonder if […]

The Getting of Wisdom

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” – King Solomon, Proverbs 4:7 “Getting” is a major pursuit for people, isn’t it? In these days that we’re living in we are continually being encouraged to go and “get” many things. We’re a society of accumulators. Solomon was an […]

What Kind of Music Does God Like?

Music styles in church. Now there’s some fighting ground! But did you know that the Bible tells us the kind of music that God enjoys? In both Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 we are told to admonish and speak to one another in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs”.  So congregational music is undoubtedly part […]

The Power of a Myriad Stories

What is God up to with His Church? Where is all this headed? What are our lives about, and why hasn’t God wrapped up history already? Why hasn’t Jesus come back and taken the Church home by now? In Ephesians chapter 3, Paul tells us what is the ultimate purpose of the Church. If I […]

A Man Called Manasseh

There were a few GOOD kings in the old history of Israel (more in the Northern kingdom of Judah than the Southern kingdom of Israel), but mostly both kingdoms had wicked kings.  And of all the wicked kings in either kingdom, we’re scraping the barrel when we get to a man called Manasseh. He was […]