Putting God to the Test

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. - 2 Timothy 2:13 What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes? When hard circumstances come galloping over our horizon, everyone wants to have the prayer life of David: Dust off the harps. Go to our prayer closet. Recite the Valley… Continue reading Putting God to the Test

Transformational Transfer: On Bible Meditation

It's mid-January at the writing of this post. Many of you are holding on with some sense of a grip to your 2017 Bible reading plan. Bible reading plans have become their own entity of sorts. In fact, searching the amazingly generic term "reading plan" in Google leads users to thousands of pages on different Bible reading plans. In… Continue reading Transformational Transfer: On Bible Meditation

A Faithless Israel, A Faithful God

“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD. Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see!… Continue reading A Faithless Israel, A Faithful God

True Passion for God’s Word

  We should all have the passion for reading God's Word of the man in this story. Evangelist Robert L. Sumner, in his book The Wonder of the Word of God, tells of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lose his eyesight as… Continue reading True Passion for God’s Word

Suffering and the Wisdom of God

Life presents us circumstances that force us to ask, "Why?" We feel like Job. Devoted followers of Christ who just had the rug pulled out from under us. We shake our fist at God. "What have you done?" "None of this makes sense." "I deserve better." Remember what God said to Job out of the… Continue reading Suffering and the Wisdom of God

Lament, Racial Reconciliation, and Hope

This has been a hard week for me. I preached Sunday on the need for racial reconciliation in our churches and communities. I long for better friendships and relationships with those not like me. I'm saddened at the prejudice that resides in my own heart, and I want to be different. This week, two major… Continue reading Lament, Racial Reconciliation, and Hope