Anger Regarding Umpqua

I’m angry. Angry that nine more lives were lost because some deranged man was infatuated with death. Angry that many of these lives were snuffed out because they were believers in Jesus. Angry that too many of the voices of influence in the public square do not seem to care whatsoever about that detail. I cannot help but imagine if these […]

A Call to Suffer and Die

It was a restless hamlet in South Sudan along the Ethiopian border. A few short years ago I was there leading a pastors’ conference with the elders and pastors from various tribal groups from the region. When I asked them the best way I could help them their forceful plea was for me to tell them how to empower their […]

In All Circumstances

It sure seems unlikely that one should elevate gratitude into the nebulous stratosphere of God’s will, but that is exactly what Paul does in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It seems improbable because one would expect instead some great exhortation toward fulfilling a noble charge, as if Paul should exhort each of us to become a president or a pastor or a […]