A Playful God – Inspiration from The High Calling

A gray whale spouting. This is like what I saw that day, though the photo is not mine, but from WikiCommons.

A Playful God Psalm 104:1-35 See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea. Psalm 104:26 Psalm 104 celebrates God the Creator who made all things. Verse 24 sums up the main theme of this psalm: “O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you [Read More...]

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet?

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet? This post is one of my Daily Reflections that is emailed to over 16,000 people each morning and that appears on TheHighCalling.org. It has elicited quite a lot of discussion, both on TheHighCalling.org site and in personal emails to me. So I thought I [Read More...]

Fascinating Piece on “Business in the Way of Jesus”

Dr. Uli Chi

I just finished a fascinating article on “Business in the Way of Jesus.” It was originally a chapel presentation by Uli Chi at Seattle Pacific University’s chapel service. Dr. Chi is the founder and CEO of Computer Human Interaction, LLC. I highly recommend that you read this whole article. Here are some tantalizing excerpts: On [Read More...]

When Tim Tebow Loses, Does God Lose Too? On the Contrary!


This is the question posed by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker in his USA Today op-ed, “When Tim Tebow loses, does God, too?” If this seems like a silly question, remember that some Christians have been seeing Tebow’s amazing victories as quarterback of the Denver Broncos as miracles. Particularly inspiring was the fact that in the [Read More...]

Romney, Mormonism, and Evangelicals: What Are the Real Issues?


As Mitt Romney’s march toward the Republican presidential nomination seems almost inevitable, we’re hearing more and more about the discomfort of evangelical Christians with Romney’s Mormonism. Much of what I’ve read or heard on the news seems to be shallow. Often, it misunderstands evangelicals and their thinking. An exception to this tendency appeared recently in [Read More...]

God, Answer Me Quickly! Inspiration from The High Calling

God, Answer Me Quickly! Psalm 102:1-28 Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you. Psalm 102:2 When we ask a question or share a concern with someone, we expect a quick response. Gone are the days when we would write [Read More...]

Bible Scholar Takes Contemporary Miracles Seriously


A recent issue of Christianity Today magazine featured a fascinating interview with New Testament scholar, Craig Keener. Keener, a prolific scholar who now teaches at Asbury Seminary, recently published a massive two-volume work entitled Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. In his typically encyclopedic fashion, which required 1172 pages, Keener examines the evidence [Read More...]

Prodigious Procrastination and the Great Big Box


When I walked into my office suite today, I saw a great, big box. According to the printing on the box, it contains a new printer for the office. That’s good news, because our old printer is biting the dust, day by day, bite by dusty bite. There’s another bit of good news here. Where [Read More...]

Great Writing on Work and Faith

TheHighCalling.org hosts “Everyday Conversations About Work, Life, and God.” Recently, The High Calling features some of the best articles on work written in 2011. I would encourage you to check them out. You Are More Than Just a Job Title by Bradley J. Moore When I was 29 years old I interviewed for a business [Read More...]

You Belong to God: Inspiration from The High Calling

You Belong to God Psalm 100:1-5 Know that the LORD is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. Psalm 100:3 CEB I’ll never forget my first baseball uniform. As a member of the Athletics, a T-ball team in Glendale, California, I was privileged to [Read More...]

How Do We Know God? The Answer of Epiphany

"The Baptism of Christ," by James Janknegt. http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~janknegt/r0012.html

2 Timothy 1:8-11 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:10 How do we know God? The Christian answer to this question flows [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Live with Graceful Generosity

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 How can we live rich, full lives? How can we flourish at work and at home, at church and in the [Read More...]

Fascinating Conversations on Faith, Politics, and Culture

Dr. Peter Berger at the Faith Angle Forum

Looking for a serious yet available discussion of Mormonism and politics? Wondering about the current state of the religion vs. science debate? Curious about how the religious world looks from the perspective of an expert in the sociology of religion? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then let me point you to [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Live as a Child of God

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 Can we know God intimately, personally? How is this possible? [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Imitate the Humility and Sacrifice of Jesus

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. Philippians 2:7 How should the Incarnation impact our behavior in the Christian community? What does the fact that the divine Son became human tell us about how we should live? We find answers [Read More...]

Keeping Christmas Well: Be Part of Christ’s Presence in the World

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 How is Christ present in the world today? How can you and I represent him in our daily lives? Our text from 1 Corinthians 12 answers these questions by use of an incarnational analogy. First-century Corinthian [Read More...]