• Joy to the World

    "Rejoice always," wrote Paul from a Roman prison. Rejoice is a rich word, meaning, according to a leading Greek lexicon, to be in a state of happiness and wellbeing. For many, this is a fleeting experience encountered rarely, not a reality coming even close to always. As Christmas approaches, and...

  • Dad, You Don’t Know Everything

    “Dad, you don’t know everything.” I remember hearing this more than once from my kids as they were growing up. As parents, we want to have all the answers — or, at least, appear that we do. When it comes to theology, we often do the same thing. Since God’s...

  • Reflecting God’s Light in Marriage

    While rummaging through a drawer this week I came across something very special. A few months ago, the pastor and dear friend who married us 37 years ago gave us the hand-typed pages from our wedding ceremony. He started our wedding out with this statement, “The two most important relationships...

  • Brick by Brick – The Pyrrhic Victory of Babel

    The battle was ended and the field was strewn with the wreckage of war. The victorious general of the Greek army looked out upon the place where he had bested the forces of Rome. But he was not jubilant. He was heavy-hearted. Though victorious, the cost had been far too...

  • Deep and Wide

    Valuing Local Church Investment in View of Global Evangelism Let’s call it the paralysis of empathy. It’s that feeling you get when, for example, you sit down to watch a show on TV and a commercial breaks in with the emaciated form of an impoverished child living in the slums...

  • ’Twas Grace that Taught My Heart to Fear, And Grace My Fears Relieved

    My life was full of fear when I came to Christ in college. I had an overwhelming fear of judgment for my sins. But I also had another kind of fear. I feared I would have to give up all the things I thought were important to me and gave...

  • The Hairball of Sin

    Psalm 8 is not a long psalm, but a jam-packed psalm that defines the glory and majesty of our Lord. In it we see the heavens, children, animals, birds, man, and fish used to reflect the glory of God.  I was particularly taken with the verse 2, “Out of the...

  • Dress Right, Dress!

    “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 Tara and I recently returned from a trip to Newport, Rhode Island where I began my Navy career. It was quite nostalgic seeing the Chaplain School, King Hall where I lived for two...

  • A Teenage Love Song

    My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine… So begins one of my favorite hymns of devotion to Jesus. It is a simple and rich hymn that has put words and melody to one of Christianity’s most intimate sentiments for over 140 years. The hymn reached its first...

  • The Oddness in ‘The Odyssey’

    My oldest son loves stories of knights and dragons, but he drew the line a few nights ago as we read to him the tale of Odysseus and the Cyclops from The Odyssey of Homer. The terrifying one-eyed giant devouring Odysseus’ hapless crewmates brought my son to tears. He couldn’t...