Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Beloved and Saints

Beloved and Saints Romans 1:6-15 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Romans 1:7 Paul is writing the letter we call Romans to the people [Read More…]

Uncommon Wisdom Concerning Anders Breivik (the Norwegian terrorist)

I’ve listened and read quite a bit of nonsense in response to the horrific actions of Anders Breivik and his apparent claim to be a Christian. Tim Dalrymple of Patheos has written a wise, sane column on the question: Was Anders Breivik Really a Christian? I commend it to you highly. Thanks, Tim. And if [Read More…]

Gratefully Remembering John Stott

As you probably know, John Stott died on Wednesday, at ninety years of ago. He was an amazing man who influence on the church throughout the world is vast. A brilliant theologian and a deeply caring pastor, Stott help the church to be more truthful and more loving, and to see its mission in broad, [Read More…]

Thank You, God, for My Dad

Thank You, God, for My Dad Today is a special anniversary in my life, a day of joy and sadness, of loss and thanksgiving. I thought I’d share with you my Daily Reflection for today. Luke 17:11-19 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was [Read More…]

Crystal Cathedral to Convert to Catcholicism?

Today’s New York Times reports on the genuine possibility that the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, may be purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. If this $50 million purchase were to do through, it would lead to the “conversion” of the most prominent Protestant church icon in Southern California. The reason behind [Read More…]

You Don’t Need More Faith

You Don’t Need More Faith A few days ago, this post was my Daily Reflection, which appears on The High Calling website and is emailed to 15,000 people each morning. It stirred up some interesting conversation, so I thought I’d share it with my blog readers. Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Show [Read More…]

How Does God Guide Us? Some Final Thoughts

Part 23 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In this series I’ve tried to show some of the ways that God guides us. I’ve explained that God guides us through: • Circumstances • Scripture • Community • Reason • Dreams and Visions • Divine Whispering • Spiritual Direction I suggested that we can confirm [Read More…]

Spiritual Guidance for Whose Benefit? Part 3

Part 22 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I used an example from the movie The Sound of Music to illustrate how God’s directions for us are best, even when we can see this in the moment. Like the Reverend Mother who sent Maria back to the von Trapp family, [Read More…]

Spiritual Guidance for Whose Benefit? Part 2

Part 21 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I suggested that God’s guidance is not only for our personal benefit, though we are surely helped when God guides us. But divine guidance is often for the sake of others, and ultimately for the sake of God and His purposes. This [Read More…]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem

God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem Psalm 76:1-12 Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:2-3 Psalm 76 celebrates God’s victory over his enemies. Though we don’t know the specific events that inspired [Read More…]

A Couple of Pictures from Laity Lodge

As you may know, south central Texas has been experiencing extreme drought conditions for the last few months (though we did get 3/4s of an inch of rain at Laity Lodge this week!). Nevertheless, there is still plenty of natural beauty in the Frio Canyon, where Laity Lodge is located. I thought I’d share a [Read More…]

Spiritual Guidance: For Whose Benefit? Part 1

Part 20 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post in this series, I told the story of a woman named Eva who tested what she believed to be the Spirit’s guidance by stepping out in faith. Through doing this, she was able to bring God’s grace to a woman who was [Read More…]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 2

Part 19 of series: How Does God Guide Us? A couple of days ago, I suggested that we can confirm (or disconfirm) the Spirit’s guidance in a variety of ways, but principally through stepping out in faith. I also acknowledged that this can be scary, since it may require us to do something that is [Read More…]

Ivy League Football: A Provocative Moral Dilemma

A story in today’s New York Times got me thinking. In “Ivy League to Limit Full-Contact Football Practices” , Ken Belson reports on the recent rule change in the Ivy League that greatly limits full-contact practices for football players. The Ivy League adopted rules far more stringent than anything else in the NCAA as a [Read More…]

Borders is Done: Further Evidence of the Impact of the Internet on Book Publishing

On Monday, I blogged on a New York Times article that documented the “victory” of the E-book revolution. Yesterday’s Times has further evidence of the unprecedented changes facing book publishers and sellers because of the Internet. “Calling Off Auction, Borders Plans to Liquidate” reports on the final downfall of Borders, on of the nation’s leading [Read More…]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 1

Part 18 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Sometimes we won’t know for sure if we have correctly discerned the Spirit’s voice until we step out in faith. This is surely the scariest part of spiritual guidance because it requires both trust in God and a willingness to be embarrassed. But if you ask [Read More…]


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