Not That Complicated

April 8, 2021

“We believe that God has ordained various governments among men,” says our Statement of Faith. “The three basic governments are civil government, church government, and family government. All…working in individuals to bring about self-government.” If asked to summarize each of their responsibilities, how would you respond? C.S. Lewis answered this way regarding the civil government. I would like to live in such a land: “The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in…

Capacity Crowd

March 25, 2021

Let me provide some visuals. The latest Apple phone has just come out. Lines are out the door and around the block, hundreds of would-be customers hoping to get to the front before the last one is sold. The Seahawks are in the play-offs. Season ticket holders have gobbled up most of the seats but there are still a few to sell. Thousands are poised, at their computer, waiting for them to be released so they can jump on what is available. If that does not work, those really driven show up gameday looking for a scalper. And then there…

Still Obeys

March 18, 2021

I have been into C.S. Lewis as of late, “The Screwtape Letters”, especially. If you are not familiar, the old and cagy demon Screwtape is mentoring his inexperienced nephew, the demon Wormwood. Screwtape’s letters of advice concern how to best secure the damnation of the young man assigned to Wormwood by Satan. So, it reads backwards. God is the Enemy throughout. I read somewhere that Lewis had little joy in writing the book. It was not fun thinking like Satan, the whole experience a dark and dreary affair. We were not to expect a sequel from him and we did…

Your Fam Just Got Bigger

March 11, 2021

The dinner table never had been so full, chairs wrapped all the way around. Hungry mouths gathered to be filled. The laundry room was busier than ever. Would the old washer be able to keep up? And then there was the bathroom. It always seemed to be in use. The winy question from the hall, “Are you about done?” was heard often, especially during the high peak times of morning and evening. The home had not gotten smaller. It had just gotten fuller. Mom and dad always had an open home. Growing up, we were encouraged to bring our friends…

Under Construction

February 25, 2021

The 19th century Scottish minister and author, George MacDonald, wrote a parable where we are to imagine ourself as a house. When we come to saving faith, God begins the remodel. At first, we mostly understand what He is doing. You were aware there were some obvious “fixes” needed in some of the rooms. There was that stubborn drain in the bathroom and the leaking roof certainly needed His immediate attention. You were not surprised God busied Himself in those and other obvious places in need of repair. But then He begins knocking around the house in ways you did…

Welcome to Your Quirky Family

February 18, 2021

In Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters”, the old and experienced demon Screwtape is mentoring his novice nephew, the demon Wormwood, on how to best secure the damnation of the young man assigned him by Satan. In one of his letters to his prodigy, Uncle Screwtape writes, “One of our great allies at present is the Church itself.” He goes on to explain this odd observation, “I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners” (O, how I love that description). Screwtape tells Wormwood…

An Open Home

February 4, 2021

Some cringe at the thought of opening up their home. Visions of cleaning up the strewed messes, making sure the toilet bowl sparkles, and fearing guests will see the couch stain has barred visitors from crossing your threshold for years. Plus, you do not have an open-concept home and there is no shiplap anywhere. How embarrassing. Then there is the cooking part. What if they figure out the lasagna is actually Costco lasagna? And the silverware is a mishmash collection of spoons, forks, and knives that came from Aunt Milly when she passed, and the rest is a hodgepodge collection…

Christian Culture: Find It, Create It

January 28, 2021

There was a time in our past where the ascetics headed for the desert and the monks hid behind high walls. Removing oneself from society was thought the way to keep oneself pure. But like our shadow, we take our sin with us wherever we go. For two-plus centuries the church has had a good run in America. In fact, the church was instrumental in the birthing of our nation. Despite publishers and editors trying to scrub that fact, facts are facts. The last 60 years, however, have been difficult. Secularism, the acid that it is, has eaten away much…

Behind Enemy Lines

January 21, 2021

Charles had become good at crawling in the shadows. He had been doing so for some time. When you are behind enemy lines, you keep your head down and you stay low. It was unclear how he got there. But the landscape did not lie. He was in enemy territory. The thought of getting caught terrified Charles. He had heard the stories of what they did. He must not be found out. He had to blend in. It was difficult to do so. In fact, it was becoming increasingly difficult to do so. Enemy soldiers seemed everywhere. They were on…

Is It Over?

January 14, 2021

Is the sun setting on America? No one knows. He does, of course, but we don’t. The temptation is to assess matters based upon snapshots and not videos. Snapshots capture a moment in time. Videos record much more. A photograph of Russell Wilson surrounded by three imposing defensive linemen doesn’t look good. A video doesn’t deny that dire reality, but keep watching, he ducks and reverses out and throws a touchdown. I don’t know if there are any “touchdowns” in our future. Perhaps we are about to be “sacked.” As a nation, we certainly deserve to be. Sorry to keep…

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