The Awful Pattern of Sin-Management

A simple review of the center of John’s gospel account gives us a glimpse into the awful drama of sin-management: Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their […]

Psalm of the Face

Dictionaries tell us that “shame” is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. What things in your life are causing you to experience shame? This week. Right now. When we feel shame we generally wish to turn away from those with whom we normally feel safe but before whom we now feel distant […]

Jesus is the Sabbath

It was a simple walk through a wheat field that provided an earth-shattering opportunity for Jesus to highlight some powerful insights into the nature of mercy, true rest, life’s greatest purpose, and who it is that is the ultimate arbiter of all things. Consider this historical moment as recorded by a pastor named Mark in chapter 2:23-28 of the work bearing […]

Prayer @Home

One of the greatest responsibilities family leaders have is cultivating a vibrant dynamic of prayer both for themselves and for those they love. This world can strip of us of a lot of things, but no one or nothing can take away our ability to have personal communion with the Most High God. Affirming this communion, and modeling it, day-in […]

Meals at Home

Transformative time around a meal plays a prominent role throughout the Bible. Surely this was in mind when the Lord God told the people of Israel, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. […]

Perfect Peace

The great prophet Isaiah tells the reader of his God-inspired tome that there will be a certain song voiced one day in the land of Judah. One of the lines of that anticipated melody echoes a timeless principle that is worth humming deep within your own soul. Here it is, as recorded in Isaiah 26:3-4: You keep him in perfect […]