Old Guys Rule: Anna and the King

There are only three verses recording her story, and yet within the broad expanse of God’s written Word, Anna leaps out as a compelling, winsome and remarkable woman seasoned by life and her Lord. Take in the whole of her story, as recorded in Luke 2:36-38: And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of […]

Created to Complete: The Incredible Gift of Covenantal Sex

Let me be very clear: I’m weary of the world owning the conversation about sex and sexuality. It is time for the church to take over the conversation, not in the standard fundamentalist manner that calls for nothing other than prudish snickers and pounding judgment, but in an honest, clear, Word-centered way that not only affirms the intense joys and […]

On Blackest Night

On blackest night the Babe was born Amidst dancing shadows far away That first breath, a single cry Early dawn, a brand new day Joyful tears, gasps of relief Seen on humble mother’s face One first hug, one first kiss Early dawn, a brand new day Years go by, glad tidings cease To piercing sword give way O precious child, […]

We Belong to Jesus!

Webster refers to it as having ‘great pleasure or happiness; delight.’ The apostle Paul charges us to ‘rejoice in the Lord always’ (Php 4:4). Then he repeats himself: ‘I will say it again: Rejoice!’ James urges us to have joy, and so does Peter, John and Jude. In the gospels, Jesus repeatedly talks about joy. One cursory survey found nearly […]

Grace, Grace, God’s Grace

Etched across the ancient scroll that is Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians is a reminder so vivid that it stops the reader dead in his tracks. Galatians 1:9 reads, “As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned.” This is […]