It was in the late 1980s when I read some of Charles Colson’s books on the turning of American “spirituality” into what he called (along with others) “post-Christian” America. What I appreciated about Colson at the time was I didn’t get a sense of hand ringing, but a path to how we shall live as believers in that environment.Continue reading “Post-Christian America”
Lament for a broken society
Another mass shooting. Another round of hand ringing. No more solutions.
There are the empty promises. A governor who swears they are doing more for “mental health”… without offering any proof.Continue reading “Lament for a broken society”
The “richness” of God
God is rich. The place where he is described rich is Ephesians 2:4. The only description of God as “rich” is here.
But God, being rich in mercy…Continue reading “The “richness” of God”
Things to Ponder
First up… I ponder the wonder of life BEFORE social media when it comes to May 4 and 5. Because NOW… I know on the May 4 there is a ton of Darth Vader memes coming at me with the “May the FOURTH be with you” jokes. And then Cinco de Mayo and memes of mayonnaise…
But on to other things to ponder!Continue reading “Things to Ponder”
Jesus Loves You… and I’m trying
A new song from Jason Gray, and it’s perfect for me. The last six years (and especially 2016 to 2020, so do the math and figure it out), I’ve had to walk through so many emotions and deep issues as I’ve watched tectonic shifts all around me.
Here is to a hopefully better 2024 cycle.
I am listening to a podcast series currently that interviews a pastor I’ve admired for many decades. It is a master class on ministry, leadership, and spirituality. A recent episode talked about his love for learning. He cultivates his spiritual learning and spoke frankly of a time when he was 45 years old and had this sense of being able to “coast” the rest of his time in ministry. It was an actual urge he felt inside.Continue reading “Immature Christianity”
My current intercession
I have been challenged to ask boldly in prayer. This is my current intercession:
Our sin and Christ’s salvation
“Our sinning goes to the uttermost. But his saving goes to the uttermost. And his saving always outpaces and overwhelms our sinning, because he always lives to intercede for us.” — Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly
The places where I can be found “undone”
It sometimes come across as “too spiritual” or “spiritually cheesy” or other platitudes to say say, “This sounds a bit fake and overdone.”
When people see things like, “I read this passage (or heard this song, or read this book), and Jesus wrecked me.”Continue reading “The places where I can be found “undone””
Deep groaning needs to happen
Another weekend, another shooting. A teen party in a small town in Alabama. Four dead. Louisville. Nashville. It’s exhausting.
I know we get tired of hearing “thoughts and prayers.” I get tired because I know people are now saying it… and not even doing it for the victims.Continue reading “Deep groaning needs to happen”