When You Move, Will You Take All of Your Print Books With You?

New York Times reporter Nick Bilton was faced with a problem. As he prepared to move from New York to San Francisco, he had to decide whether or not to move his library of print books with him. After deciding which of his possession to take with him and which to leave behind, he was [Read More…]

Postscript: What If the Lord Does Not Speak?

Part 24 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In response to my recent series “How Does God Guide Us?” I received a thoughtful email from a man I’ll call EH. He asks the question: What if the Lord does not speak? EH explains his question by noting “the famous gap between Malachi and John [Read More…]

Even New Yorker Readers Like Reading on Their iPads

I was surprised by a recent article in the Times. In “For New Yorker on iPad, Words are the Thing,” Jeremy Peters reported on the growing number of New Yorker readers who read the magazine on their iPads. Recently, the New Yorker said that it had 100,000 iPad readers. Given the literary nature of the [Read More…]

Why Web Videos Work . . . And Why They Bomb

Virginia Heffernan, New York Times writer on digital and pop culture, offers up commentary on what makes web videos successful and why they fail miserably. “When Shilling on the Web, Think Small” was inspired by two recent efforts that bombed, one by Mariah Carey and one by Barack Obama. Heffernan begins: Mariah Carey and Barack [Read More…]

John Stott: Not an Evangelical Blowhard according to the Times

John Stott gets a thumbs-up from the New York Times. Specifically, Pulitizer-prize winning op-ed columnist for the Times, Nicholas Kristof, gives the late John Stott his stamp of approval, his imprimatur, if you will. (To be accurate, this is the second time, to my knowledge, that the Times has approved of Stott. The first came [Read More…]

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…]