Am I Missing Something?

Normally I try and stay out of the fray when it comes to the frenzy around popular scandals and sensationalistic stories. Maybe I should make more social commentaries than I do, but guess that I would rather immerse myself more deeply in God’s word and trust people to have a little common sense that can… Read More

Unequal Yoking

“And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest in his household who ruled over all which were before him, ‘Please put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear before Yahweh, the God of heaven and the God of earth that you will not take a wife for my son from the… Read More

The Laughter of the Saints

“And Sarah said, ‘Laughter, God brings to me; all the ones who hear will laugh with me.’” (Genesis 21:6)   The emphasis that is placed here is on the laughter. Usually, this word refers to the way we might mock someone by laughing and jeering at him, but in this context a very different sentiment… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

Playing Dominoes in Ukraine

I spent about half an hour the other day playing a game of two-on-two Dominoes with several of my Ukrainian students. The game was the basic game that I had played as a child, though it has been many years since I had played, and it was fairly easy to follow the progression even though… Read More

Strengthen What is About to Die

You must become alert!  And you must strengthen the ones who remain, who are waiting to die, for I have not found your works to be fulfilled before your God. (Revelation 3:2) The seven letters of Revelation contain some devastating rebukes for those in the churches of Asia. Out of the seven churches, two receive… Read More

Ignorance and Vague Generalities

Of the tools at the devil’s disposal, it would seem that ignorance and vague generalities are most commonly in his hands in the landscape of the American church. Here is not simply an indictment of the unbelieving culture at large, for who should expect them to know all of the details of our Christian faith… Read More

Burning the Q’ran

There has been a lot of discussion as of late about a Florida pastor who desires to burn the Q’ran (some also write it: Koran) on September 11th in protest of the Muslims who were responsible for the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and on the Pentagon in 2001. Such has caused a great… Read More

The Ethic of Authenticity

“You are the light of the world; it is not possible for a city established on a mountaintop to hide.  Nor does one light a lamp and set it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, thus it illuminates the whole house.  In this way, shine your light before mankind so they might see… Read More

Evidence for the Historical Jesus

Recently, I watched a debate where a critic of Christianity made the statement that there was no historical evidence to support the Jesus of the Bible that existed in Jewish literature.  The Christian in the debate made a tolerable answer, but I felt that he had missed a major point of the argument.  In this… Read More

Thoughts on Structuring a Discipleship Program

Recently, I was asked for some input on how I would structure a discipleship program if I were to have about 6 months of fairly intensive time to work with a small group of men.  I thought that I would share my initial thoughts here.   When I began doing homeless ministry, I spent some… Read More

The Contagiousness of Worship

Worship, when it is filled with the Holy Spirit, is contagious.  I expect that this is part of the reason that the scriptures emphasize that believers are to live within a covenant community.  Not only can we support one another, but in our joined worship, we enable each other and lift each other up.  I… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 19: The Hand of God and the Cleft of the Rock

“And Yahweh said, ‘Behold, there is a place beside me and you will stand upon the rock.  And while my glory passes over, I will set you in the crevice of the rock and I will hold protectively my hand over you until I pass by.  Then I will turn aside my hand, and you… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 17: No Man May See My Face and Live

“And He said, ‘You will not be able to see my face, for no man can see me and live.’” (Exodus 33:20)   The language of not being able to see the face of God and live is language that will be picked up later in the New Testament by both John (John 1:18) and… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 16: In the Name of Yahweh

“And He said, I will cause all of my goodness to pass over your face.  And I will invoke my name in your presence, that is, I will show favor upon those who I will show favor to and I will show compassion upon those to whom I will show compassion.’” (Exodus 33:19)   Literally,… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 15: All My Goodness

“And He said, I will cause all of my goodness to pass over your face.  And I will invoke my name in your presence, that is, I will show favor upon those who I will show favor to and I will show compassion upon those to whom I will show compassion.’” (Exodus 33:19)   Note… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 14: And He Said…

“And he said, ‘Show me your glory!’” (Exodus 33:18)   I think that it is impossible to read this verse without feeling the excitement that Moses was feeling.  God had promised to walk with his people and to lead them from this mountain.  Here, Moses verbalizes the glorious hope of every believer:  to see God’s… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 13: God Confirms

“And Yahweh said to Moses, ‘I will indeed do this thing that I have promised, for you have found favor in my eyes, and I have known you with a name.’” (Exodus 33:17)   God confirms that he will fulfill his promise to Moses and to the people of Israel.  This promise is the same… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 12: Your Presence Makes Us Special (part 2)

“And he said, ‘If your face is not going, do not lead us from this place.  And in what way will it be known, then, that I have found favor in your eyes―I and your people?  Is it not in your going with us and that we have been treated specially―I and your people―from all… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 11: Your Presence Makes Us Special

“And he said, ‘If your face is not going, do not lead us from this place.  And in what way will it be known, then, that I have found favor in your eyes―I and your people?  Is it not in your going with us and that we have been treated specially―I and your people―from all… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 9: My Face

“And He said, ‘My face will go with you and I will secure rest for you.’” (Exodus 33:14)   There is an exegetical question that must be answered within this clause: should we translate this as “my presence” or “my face.”  Certainly, the idea that is being conveyed is that God’s presence will go with… Read More

Show Me Your Glory, part 8: This Nation-Your People

“And Moses said to Yahweh, ‘See, you said to me, ‘lead this people up.’  But you did not reveal to me who you were going to send with me.  And you said, ‘I have known you with a name and you have found favor in my eyes.’ And now, if I have found favor in… Read More