February 19, 2020

Readers of the book of Exodus are not prepared for what they find in the episode of the golden calf. Everything seems to move along wonderfully from the miraculous liberation of slaves to the awesome revelation at Mt. Sinai. Then suddenly and incredibly the nation of I...

February 11, 2020

Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (Matthew 5:37) One couldn’t overemphasize the importance of those two little words. They control the speed of your life, the depth of your relationships and the condition o...

February 4, 2020

Isn't that an oxymoron? I mean the word “parenting” and a “twenty-something” in the same sentence? Here’s a myth: adulthood doesn’t magically happen at age 18 or 21. There are many tasks our children must master before they fully mature from getting their own housing t...

January 28, 2020

One of the experiences prescribed for student chaplains at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois is to witness an autopsy in the hospital morgue. So it was I found myself holding a human brain in my hands to be weighed and measured. It was a holy moment in...

January 21, 2020

Jesus  said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23) This...

January 14, 2020

To be in poverty is to be in a state of insufficient resources needed to live. We can imagine a lack of food, or fuel, or health care or housing. Few people imagine a lack of the Word of God. Bibles are everywhere. You can download one for free. But what if there were...

January 7, 2020

Okay no one should lie to their kids but recent studies are showing the drawbacks of neglecting God in family life. Dr. Erica Komisar is an author, therapist and private practice psychiatrist specializing in children and youth. She declared in a recent article:

As a the...

December 31, 2019

Mo Isom is a popular blogger, a national speaker and the New York Times best-selling author of Wreck My Life. A former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team, she has been featured in Sports Illustrated and has appeared on many cable cha...

December 17, 2019

Karen and I wish you all a joyful and blessed Christmas season. We are honored and humbled to serve such an energetic and compassionate faith community as you are! We thank you for your support, prayers and kind words of encouragement over the last year. I have in my o...

December 10, 2019

A decade ago pastor Francis Chan wrote his signature book Crazy Love. I finally caught up with my reading of it recently. His work is an attack on lukewarm Christianity which he sees rampant in the American church scene. Such a message can easily become mere scolding....

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