Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Praying That Our Leaders Care for the Poor and the Oppressed

Praying That Our Leaders Care for the Poor and the Oppressed Psalm 72:1-20 He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him. Psalm 72:13-14 Psalm 72 is a prayer for the king of Israel. Though [Read More...]

Painted Buntings at Laity Lodge

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I thought I’d share a couple of photos I took recently at Laity Lodge. The first is a male Painted Bunting. The second shows the male with his “wife.” These are beautiful birds. [Read more...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Reason

Part 11 of series: How Does God Guide Us? So far I’ve shown that God guides us through circumstances, Scripture, and community. In my last post, I added that we can be guided through careful reasoning. I want to explain what I mean in this post. Because the Spirit’s guidance can be so marvelously miraculous [Read More...]

Divine Guidance Through Community (Part 2)

A picture of my wife and me around the time of my story. Yes, I was wearing those giant glasses and that stylish moustache. And, yes, I was wearing shorts that short. I'm glad some things change, though I'd be happy to have all that brown hair again.

Part 10 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I began to explain how God guides us through Christian community. This sort of discernment happens especially in the context of intimate relationships: small groups, prayer partnerships, or spiritual direction relationships. For example, several years ago, my wife and I were going [Read More...]

Sunset at Laity Lodge

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I thought you’d enjoy this photo of a recent sunset at Laity Lodge. It was taken by my son, Nathan, from a ridge above the Lodge itself. Click on the photo for a larger version. [Read more...]

Divine Guidance Through Community

The agora (marketplace) of ancient Thessalonica as it looks today. Picture thanks to HolyLandPhotos.org.

Part 9 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Today, I’m getting back to my series: How Does God Guide Us? You can find the first eight parts of this series here. So far I’ve shown that the Spirit of God guides us through circumstances and Scripture. But, as I have admitted, both circumstances and [Read More...]

Technology and Culture: Could Smart Phones Make Keys Obsolete?

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Could smart phones make keys obsolete? Yes, say Matt Richtel and Verne Kopytoff of the New York Times. In their recent article, “Tools of Entry, No Need for a Key Chain,” the writers show how technology related to smart phones is beginning to take away the need for keys. And not just keys. Before too [Read More...]

Praying for Political Leaders from “The Other Side”

A worship service at Irvine Presbyterian Church

Praying for Political Leaders from “The Other Side” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:2 Yesterday, I offered a reflection in light of the celebration of Independence Day in the United [Read More...]

A Prayerful Reflection for the Fourth of July

Monuments of Washington DC from Arlington National Cemetary

A Prayerful Reflection for the Fourth of July 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:2 Today is Independence Day in the United States, a day of patriotic celebrations for citizens in [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: How Will the World Know God is Great?

How Will The World Know God is Great? Psalm 70:1-5 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” Psalm 70:4 Psalm 70 calls those of us who have been saved by God’s grace to worship God by [Read More...]

What Does Success Mean for a Worship Leader?

Yesterday, I considered what successful worship might be. Today I want to build on that foundation by offer some suggestions about what it might mean for a worship leader to be successful. Let me start with something obvious but essential: Successful worship leadership facilitates successful worship. If you are a worship leader, you have led [Read More...]

Mother Teresa CEO: “Pay Attention to the Janitor”

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As a participant in the Patheos Book Club, I recently read Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Ruma Bose and Lou Faust. This book focuses on eight basic leadership principles derived from Mother Teresa’s work with the Missionaries of Charity, an organization that focuses on caring for the poorest of the poor. [Read More...]

Successful Worship?

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For many years, I have been on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine. I also write regular column for the magazine entitled Lyrical Poetry. In this column, I take one jewel from the treasure chest of the Psalms and consider its relevance for worship and worship leaders. (By “worship leader,” I am thinking about [Read More...]

One of the Most Moving Moments in Sports

Recently, I have been focusing my Daily Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In the midst of this parable, a father demonstrates his extraordinary love for his son by running to embrace him. In the last two decades, whenever I read about the father’s race, I remember something that happened in the 1992 [Read More...]

Oh no! Harvard Frowns on Eating Potatoes!

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An article in USA Today caught my eye: “Harvard weight study leaves taters tottering.” This article begins: “Potato marketers resent a recent Harvard weight-loss study that encourages Americans to bag the spuds, but pistachio growers are nuts about the study’s findings.” The USA Today story is based on a recently published study by researchers at [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture (Part 3)

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Part 8 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last two posts I’ve been arguing that God guides us through Scripture. For the most part, I’m referring to the way the Bible provides basic truths by which to order one’s life. For example, in many passages Scripture tells us to forgive people, and [Read More...]


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