A Taste of Heaven on Earth

July 29, 2021

Many Christians (myself included) have wondered how a non-Christian navigates life amidst the ups, downs, heartaches, and disappointments of the human condition. The word insurmountable comes to mind. So do the words loneliness and pointless. Yet many seem to manage, or do they? Life can smack hard across the face at times. Imagine not having Jesus when it does. In one of C.S. Lewis’s more imaginative books, “The Great Divorce,” a series of conversations take place between departed souls regarding Heaven and Hell. Most are tragic exchanges with those still refusing to give up their reasons, excuses, and self-deception and…

Maggots by Morning

July 22, 2021

Not far from and not long out of Egyptian chains, Israel began to grumble. They remembered their meat pots and leeks but seemed to forget their fetters (Exodus 16). So, they complained, something they would become quite good at. And God, in His mercy and provision, sent them bread from heaven (manna). It arrived in the dew and burned off by the heat of day. God’s instruction was simple, pick up enough for the day. The lesson? Do not worry about tomorrow’s hunger, God would provide the following morning. But of course, there were those who questioned His provision. They…

But What If…?

June 17, 2021

Time for a thought experiment. And I am serious about it. I want you to consider a “what if?” A little over a year ago, we reopened our church doors. We were told to keep them shut. But ten weeks of that was enough. God was to be worshiped, not from a couch but from a pew. Not just with a household, but with a congregation. The sights, sounds, and touch experienced corporately cannot be experienced watching a screen. Two things were acknowledged and discussed amongst our leadership prior to reopening. The first was we might get in trouble. That…

The Wall

June 3, 2021

The wall was old. How old, few knew. It was there. It had been there for years. It was taken for granted. It kept the bad out. It provided security for those on the inside. That was good, for it was dangerous times. But the binary categories of good and bad had fallen on hard times. Crediting the wall with any kind of virtue was archaic. After all, they said, it was just a wall. There was one gate. It was open during the day. It was closed at night. People came and went during the light, their business taking…

Do Not Forget Nahum

May 27, 2021

Jonah is a Sunday School favorite. How can he not? The hesitant prophet. Swallowed by a great fish. Thrown up on the shore. Preaches to Ninevites. A great repentance ensues. Despite having an attitude when the wicked city repents, Jonah is celebrated. Lots of kids are named after him. But what about Nahum? “Na-who,” you ask? Like Jonah, a minor prophet who is two books closer to the New Testament, he preached to Nineveh, doing so one generation later. He prophesied of God’s inescapable and imminent judgment that was now upon them. What about the repentance and revival that was…

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