A Brother’s Wisdom 2

James, brother of Jesus, offers us wisdom. He opens his letter with a very typical greeting and then dives right in with these words: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that [Read More…]

iGens 5

We turn today to the self-esteem curriculum that Jean Twenge, in her fine and important book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before,  sees as one of the culprits for some of the issues we see in what she calls “Generation Me” or “iGens.” Why she [Read More…]

A Prayer

O God, the source of eternal light:  Shed forth your unending day upon all of us who watch for you,  that our lips may praise you,  our lives may bless you,  and our worship may give you glory;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. † [Read more…]

What do you think it was?

Let’s have some fun. If that fireball was not satellite debris, what was it? I’ve got a few ideas, but how about you? [Read more…]

The Gospel Series

I want to thanks some very kind folks who collated the Gospel series we did and here is the whole thing. The Gospel by Scot McKnight 1 We begin a new biblical study on the word “gospel” today.  We will start with some references in the Psalms and then tomorrow in Isaiah before we turn [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 1

We begin our series on James today and I suspect it will take us some time. As with previous Bible studies, we’ll do these Monday – Thursday. Our focus will be on how the brother of Jesus, James, offered wisdom to his day and offers wisdom for our day, too. James, we will observe over [Read More…]

Who are the NeoReformed?

I have been using the term “NeoReformed” now for a year or two and a few of my friends have asked me what I mean and why I don’t just calls such folks “Reformed”. This post will sketch who they are and why I call them “Neo” Reformed. I begin with a confession: I’m not [Read More…]

A Lenten Tool

The major turns in the Church calendar can discourage even the most creative of pastors and leaders and lay folks — how many times can you talk about Advent or Lent and not return to the same (ol’) themes? Well, there’s a reason we return to the same (ol’) themes — because they are important.  [Read More…]

Amazing Grace

Listen to this version of Amazing Grace. [Read more…]

Tennis Scandal

Very sad. If this were an Arab or an African, there would be an outcry. The United Arab Emirates has refused to grant a visa to a female Israeli tennis player, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, the WTA said in a statement Sunday. Shahar Peer would [Read More…]