The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community--Dominique Gilliard's work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the "Incarceration Complex."…

Four Practical Truths About Biblical Love

Some time ago I took a phone call from a regional newspaper regarding the nature of love. The conversation gave consideration to the contrast between biblical love and the so-called "love" that is portrayed in movies like 50 Shades of Grey. To that I simply pointed out that love is about…

The Books of 2018

I love books! I love to read. If anything, one of the great frustrations of my life is the lack of time I give to reading. There is always more I wish to absorb. Below are some of the books I read in 2018 (the ones that I have in…

A Simple Practice for the New Year

I got the kindest email yesterday from a woman deeply grateful for how God is using our church family to change her life. She also asked me for some counsel on how to draw closer to the Lord during these next few days that she has off from work. Wonderful…

To Be Like Mary

For any of us, and particularly for those of us embedded in vocational ministry, living life as did Zechariah is all too common. Perhaps you know his story well. Luke 1:5 and following spell it out for us. He is a priest of the Most High God, invited to serve…

Forty-One Moments When God is With Us

Christmas. "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us)" (Matthew 1:22-23). God with us. When our sin is great and we need to…
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