October 30, 2017

Tomorrow is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, a certain German monk named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church, igniting a powder keg. For the better part of the next c...

October 27, 2017

As part of my scholarship program at the seminary, I was by and large at the disposal of the admissions office. My least favorite part of that gig was allowing them to follow my friends and I around to take pictures for brochures and such. My church history professor w...

October 25, 2017

Tonight I begin preaching a revival at my home church, to run through Friday night. (My class won't meet tonight since the teacher won't be there.) I've been looking forward to this since they asked me to preach. It'll be good to be home for a while, to be back where I...

October 23, 2017

Without a doubt, Haman is one of the most evil people in the entire Bible. Because one Jew -- Mordecai -- refused to bow down to him, he convinces the king to order the genocide of every Jew in the Persian Empire. If he had succeeded, a single bruised ego would have ca...

October 20, 2017

It happened again this week. I got chewed out on the phone by someone asking for money. Every church gets those calls, and every so often, they turn nasty. No one wants to hear church policy about aid (in our case, we require people to attend a service and then meet wi...

October 18, 2017

Public Service Announcement:

Tonight at 6:30 we re-open the doors to RSCCU and offer three elective classes in place of our usual Wednesday evening Bible study. First is a class in American Sign Language covering basic conversational skills. Next is a ladies-only Bible...

October 16, 2017

Ministry is a roller coaster. Since Thursday, I have stood by the hospital bed of a man on his last day on earth; I have preached at a nursing home where only a few people in the crowd can understand why I'm there and what I'm saying; I've celebrated with friends at th...

October 13, 2017

In a family-favorite version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, a puppet lamb can be heard to say, "No, no, no. I just want to sit here . . . sigh . . . and rest." Each of us can sympathize with that particular sentiment. The hustle and bustle of life carries us hither...

October 11, 2017

We've hit the point in fall where things are beginning to actually look like the season. Leaves are changing colors, and some are already dropping off; I've even seen a few bare trees. Soon the temperature will drop and stay cool. Fall is a beautiful season, to be sure...

October 9, 2017

One of the most impactful stories in the Bible to me is the Restoration of Peter (John 21:15-19). Three times Peter had denied Jesus; three times Jesus asks if he loves him. With every "Yes, Lord, you know I love you," comes a command: take care of the flock. Each time...

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