The obligation of the Kingdom

Reflecting on society, laws, cultural wars… and having a lot of time to think while I was driving across Iowa… I began to think on what I practice but do not articulate very well. I am not sure I can still articulate it well, but this is my attempt. No matter what laws are passed…

Remembering Steve Hill

It’s hard to believe the Brownsville Revival was almost 20 years ago. The Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revival were incredible influences on my life. I did not get to go to Toronto, and when Brownsville first broke out I did not have a chance to get there early. But I had a friend who…

The horrors of addiction

The tragic news came of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was an actor I thoroughly enjoyed watching. I thought he was incredible in Capote. It is a reminder of the depths of addiction. As one friend noted on Facebook, it is a reminder of Genesis 4:7. “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to…

Saying Farewell (for now) to a Saint

Yesterday we held a memorial service for an incredibly well-loved lady. It was the kind of service where I come away thinking, “What a life!” It was a celebration of a dear lady who served our church with incredible faithfulness for many years, and the last couple of years did so while battling cancer. No…

Thinking about thoughtfulness

For all of my love for things tactile, like real books and real pens, I’ve lost touch in this fast paced culture. I still get Christmas cards from people… and haven’t sent one out myself for years. Well, Christmas is past, but I want to start something up again in my life: I want to…

A Lament

I don’t write poetry or songs. I can barely write sentences. But my heart is broken and I need to let loose in a lament. I’m not the psalmist and it isn’t inspired. The feeling of loss is overwhelming at times. I believe in healing and ask for healing and yet I watch people lose…

The Book of Esther, Egypt, and Syria

When Haman was able to convince Xerxes to annihilate the Jews, the end of Chapter 3 says this: “The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.” Another translation read: the city was in an uproar. There was confusion. Looking at the text notes of the NET Bible, I…