Nobody Uses Rand McNally Anymore I’m old enough to remember the days of the oversized Rand McNally road map. Rather than secure a cell phone on the dash of the car for navigation, you’d have a large book with pages and pages of colored maps stashed under the seat. You didn’t use it for driving […]Read More Help for Those of Us Burdened by Legalism
I want to give you a book that I wrote about ten years ago called The Bronze Serpent: Tethering Your Life to the Cross with Scripture-Based Prayer. I’ve updated it and made it super-easy to download and read on a phone, tablet, computer. It is even print-ready if you want to put it in a 3-ring […]Read More The Bronze Serpent
I’m forcing myself not to watch. You know how hard it is to look away when something violent or unseemly is happening on TV. That is kind of how it feels to watch “the news” right now. But I’m really trying not to look. It is not just watching cable or network television coverage of […]Read More The Power of Gratitude
The Great Invitation How would you respond if someone were to ask, “How committed are you to following Jesus?” Some of us might get offended. “What? I’m totally committed. I’d die for him.” Others might not be as confident, but with head hung low, confess, “Sadly, my actions deny the commitment of my words.” What […]Read More How Committed Are You to Jesus?
Receive a Free Gift Receive the digital version of my short book, The Grade Exchange: An Introduction to the Gospel (with Discussion Guide) as a gift and you also will receive a free subscription to Rest for the Weary. Get Your Free Copy Read the article below or listen to the podcast. The Most Important Decision In case […]Read More Embracing the Five Affirmations of Grace
“Knowing God” Dr. J.I. Packer, who recently was taken from this world into the presence of Jesus at 93-years-old, will be remembered as one of the most influential theologians of the past 100 years. His most well-known and beloved contribution to the church is the book, Knowing God. If you haven’t read it, this would be a great time. […]Read More How to Rest in a Restless World
If you have not heard of The Sonship Tongue Assignment, let me introduce you. Sonship is a discipleship course developed by Dr. Jack Miller and others through the ministry of World Harvest Mission (now called Serge). The emphasis of the course is to help Christians live functionally (vs theoretically) as adopted sons and daughters of God by focusing […]Read More This Assignment Will Cause You to Live on Your Knees before the Cross
You have heard it said that the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes. Since taxes have been deferred until July 15 this year, let’s talk about death. So far, if you are reading this, you have survived. Congratulations! However, according to recent statistics, the mortality rate among humans still […]Read More Passion Week | Sunday: “Facing Death with Hopeful Joy”
It’s Saturday. Jesus has been buried with Roman centurions posted by the tomb to protect it from tampering. At the arrest of Jesus, all the disciples had “deserted him and fled.” Where they went that night, I do not know. Eventually, they regrouped, huddling in fear behind locked doors as they hid from the Jewish […]Read More Passion Week | Saturday: “The Burial of a Dream”
It’s Friday. Jesus has been betrayed, arrested, judged, scourged, and is now hanging from a cross, each breath requiring searing pain to shoot from nailed hands and feet as he would be forced to pull himself up against gravity to refill his lungs with oxygen. Consider this graphic but realistic description: The Romans used a […]Read More Passion Week | Friday: “It is Finished!”
It is Thursday evening. The disciples have gathered with Jesus to celebrate Passover together in “the upper room.” Jesus would not sleep again until the sleep of death that he would enter through suffering upon an executioner’s cross the next day. And he knew it. What would Jesus do with his last meal? Where would […]Read More Passion Week | Thursday: “Washing Feet”
With so much focus in the Gospels on Passion Week, there are no recorded events or sayings that take place on Wednesday. Yet we do know this. Jesus was preparing and the Jewish leaders were plotting. Tomorrow would be the Last Supper, as the Passover is turned into the Lord’s Supper, a visual picture of […]Read More
On Tuesday, Jesus has an extended encounter with a group of Pharisees and teachers of the law, men who will be the final opposition force to Jesus as the Christ. They eventually will lead the charge to “crucify him.” In the midst of their Passion Week conversation, Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 25:1–13 about […]Read More
12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a […]Read More
Everyone has been affected in some way, whether by social inconvenience, emotional fear, or financial anxiety. No one is immune. But what if the coronavirus takes my life? It was a strange and unexpected thought for such a sunny day. On my daily afternoon walk, the sky was blue and the birds were singing. It […]Read More What If I Become a Covid-19 Statistic?
Norman Rockwell was an illustrator in the previous century who created covers for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for over fifty years. While he also painted Presidential portraits and engaged with hot-topic social and cultural issues such as the Second World War and the civil rights movement in the 60s, he is best known for capturing what […]Read More The Angels’ Song: A Christmas Meditation
Years ago, while walking into a dry cleaner during early December, I noticed a colorful poster in the window that read, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!” While I understand the motive behind such a statement and commend the shop owner’s desire to challenge the commercialization of the season, if we apply a bit […]Read More What if Jesus Isn’t the Reason for the Season?
The Old Testament prophesied the coming of an Anointed One, a Deliverer like Moses who would be born to set his people free — not from an oppressive nation-state but from their sinful-state as traitors before the law of God. As Isaiah proclaimed, “6 For to us a child is born, to us a son […]Read More Try Calling Him Jesus
My first case of homesickness struck in the Missouri foothills. I was a ten-year-old at Camp Soaring Hawk and one of the few campers staying for both multi-week summer sessions. Although I had never been away from home before, things were okay while camp activities were taking place all day with new friends.Then they left.And […]Read More Homesick: My Longing for Things to Be as They Should
If you have younger children who are used to a “little church” ministry that takes place during the sermon such as Creekstone’s GraceKids, here are some suggestions for how to coach them for the transition to “big church” on Sundays.1. Talk to your kids about what they will experience. They will get to sing. They […]Read More 8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays