In Search Of Mercy

 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’" (Luke 18:9-14 NIV) Imagine the scene Jesus described in … [Read more...]

Welcome to Zebra World!

"When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras." - Attributed to Dr. Theodore WoodwardA doctor gave this bit of homespun advice to a a group of medical students as a way of telling them to focus on the most obvious causes for an illness when a patient came in search of help, rather than using all their newfound medical knowledge to hunt for rare diseases they'd just learned about in a textbook. That is wise advice, unless you happen to be a patient who is, in fact, a zebra.I … [Read more...]

Praying For Healing: Advance Or Surrender?

I've attended churches that didn't believe in supernatural healing: "Those kinds of miracles occurred in the first century, but God doesn't do that any more now that we have the written Word of God. Except maybe once in a while for missionaries living in far-away places." Prayers for healing among these folks often took the form of asking God to guide the doctor's hands during medical procedures. Interestingly, many of these people who didn't believe in supernatural healing were into alternative … [Read more...]

Follow Me, don’t follow me, me or me

In the last week alone, a fairly well-known Bible teacher in the Messianic community, Ligonier Ministries head RC Sproul, Jr., and the President of Southern Baptist-affiliated North Greenville University each stepped down from their leadership positions after violating their marriage vows. In the case of at least two of them, they were forced to confess after they were caught via Ashley Madison or irrefutable video evidence. Let's face it - when you confess only after you've been caught, your … [Read more...]

Long Way From Home: The Housing Crisis Lingers On

More than 7 million Americans lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2014. Three years ago, my husband and I became of them. And like the housing market, despite much improvement, we’re still recovering. While we hear far less about the real estate crash that’s not so far behind us, it has left a permanent mark on many communities. Decreased property values lower municipal tax revenues, which lead to cuts in services. Stressed municipal services and underserved schools re … [Read more...]

5 Practical Ways You Can Respond To The Planned Parenthood Videos Right Where You Live

This summer has brought a series of stunning videos from the Center For Medical Progress to our computer screens. These unfiltered videos highlight the secondary business of the selling of baby body parts after an abortion has been performed. They're barbaric and gruesome, and all of the spin in the world `splainin' away the cavalier talk by Planned Parenthood execs of Lamborgini purchases and how to get the most money out of each aborted child's body parts doesn't erase the hideous truth about w … [Read more...]

How Do You Spend Your Social Capital At Church?

How do you spend your social capital in your church? Have you ever stopped to take stock of your relationships and influence? I've found few with positional or social authority in a church ever consider what they possess. Instead, we count what we lack. I've known pastors who believe they're outsiders in their own church. I've known members of cliques in a congregation who are tone-deaf to the way in which their closed circle excludes others. Too many of us measure our network of relationships a … [Read more...]


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