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...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture (Part 2)

Talk about preaching that connects with people's lives! Billy Graham has been used by God to communicate with millions upon millions. In the picture above, he's speaking in Trafalgar Square in London in 1954. (Picture from the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College.)

Part 7 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I began to discuss different ways God guides us through Scripture. I focused especially on the sort of general guidance for our lives that is present throughout the Bible. From Scripture we know that we should love God, love our neighbors, love [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Through Scripture

Part 6 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last two posts I explained that God can guide us through shaping the circumstances of our lives. But I admitted that this sort of guidance is often ambiguous. Circumstances may appear to point in more than one direction at the same time. Or different [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God Places the Lonely in Families

God Places the Lonely in Families Psalm 68:1-35 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:6 When I read Psalm 68:6, the first sentence of this verse grabbed my attention: “God places the lonely in families.” [Read More...]

Photos of New York City

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Here are three photos from my recent trip to New York City. [Read more...]


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