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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…

Fighting Culture When We Have One

May 20, 2021

The church cannot fight a culture war without a culture. We must have something “in here” for us to successfully engage “out there.” What is it we must have? First and foremost is a robust, weighty, and substantive Sunday morning worship. O, and it needs to be joyful, too. This is where the knot is tied. This is where it begins. It sets up everything else. Could it be culture has forgotten God because our worship services did long ago? Think of the church as an “Old Country Buffet.” The “meat and potato” section has become small while the dessert…

Living Like a Dog

May 13, 2021

Time to revisit Narnia. In that wonderous land where Aslan roared, animals talked. Not all of them, those from adjacent lands were…well…animals. And not all animals in Narnia bowed their knee to the Great Lion, either. In book four (Prince Caspian), sisters Lucy and Susan are speaking with one another. Lucy begins: “Such a horrible idea has come into my head, Su.” “What’s that?” “Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you’d never know which were which?” “We’ve…

On the Wrong Road

May 6, 2021

Where are we headed? We certainly seem to be on a dry and bumpy backroad somewhere. We left the interstate and we did some time ago. Can we get back there? We can. There are road signs. And there is even a map. But to be able to return, something must happen first. There needs to be a recognition that we are lost and that this sideroad we are on was not such a good idea after all. The first step, in a word, is repentance. But there is the hang-up. Repentance involves humility and that is often in short…

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