Let The Mud Do Its Work

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it […]

Christ’s Authority

Today I was reading through Luke 4 and was struck by the pictures we get of Christ’s authority. I was tempted to keep reading but felt that I needed to stop and think more about this. At the end of Matthew, Jesus says “all authority has been given to me.” But what does it mean […]

Is our orbit right?

Yesterday I read a statement I’ve read dozens of times before. It’s a pretty basic, non-controversial statement. It’s a truth I should know. But. I needed the reminder. “It is not God who exists for the sake of his creation; the creation exists for the sake of God. For, as Scripture says, He has created […]

The Goal of Education

I remember vividly a conversation I had with my mother in our kitchen in Endicott, NY circa 1992. I was a senior in high school and was in the midst of making decision regarding my educational future. I was not overly excited about college. In fact, I was going round and round with my mother, […]

A Summer Beauty Regimen

Recently, I’ve been thinking about holiness more than usual. One truth has really jumped out to me: There is a direct connection between holiness and the church’s (and the believer’s) witness is a strong one in both the Old and New Testaments. The holiness of God’s people is to be attractive and beautiful, an adornment […]

The [Dangerous] Appeal of Legalism

A while ago I had an epiphany while sitting in Starbucks discussing the book The Life of a God-Made Man with my good friend Aaron. It’s one that I need to remind myself of over and over again. I’ve enjoyed the book and our discussions together, but today I was mildly frustrated with a paragraph […]