The Art of Dissection and High School Biology

If I ever had any aspirations of going into the field of medicine, High School Biology class dashed them to the wind. Now, mind you, I attended a little Public High School in rural Harford County, Maryland and so “state-of-the-art” was little more than a series of spelling words for us. Nevertheless, we had biology… Read More

I Smell Hell!

It is said that the American evangelist, Peter Cartwright (1785-1872), would pronounce these words when he arrived in a new town to preach: “I smell Hell!” And, much like the other revivalists of his era, he would find a place to set up and he would preach to whomever would listen. And indeed, people would… Read More

The Nations as an Inheritance

“He declares the power of His works to His people; He gives to them the nations as an inheritance.” (Psalm 111:6) I had the joy of bringing the word this past weekend to Ministerios Betesda, a Hispanic congregation in south Florida. This was our second time together for a conference and I was invited to… Read More

There’s Something Missing from Our Conversation on the Body

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul makes an impassioned plea for the unity of the body…a unity that can only built up in love, when the body itself is functioning properly (Ephesians 4:16). Love in the body is indeed the “better way” (1 Corinthians 12:31) toward which we should strive. To make his point,… Read More

The Fortified Palaces

“In her fortified palaces, God is made known to be a place of refuge.” (Psalm 48:4 [verse 3 in English]) This the city of God…the palace that has been fortified and protected and situated on Zion, she is a place of refuge. While this was meant to be true in the most literal sense of… Read More

Food for the Soul and Guidance for Your Life

“Having said this, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write this to you is not something from which I shrink, on the other hand, for you it is firm ground.” (Philippians 3:1) This verse is a little bit idiomatic, but should not be too hard to sort through. It begins with the… Read More

Mentoring, Paul’s Way

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon in order that I may be encouraged by the knowledge of you.” (Philippians 2:19) On one level, this is a continuation of the spirit that Paul has been expressing toward the people in Philippi. He holds them in high esteem and with great… Read More

Feeding One Another

“Considering not only your own things but also the things of each other.” (Philippians 2:4) Clearly, this statement goes hand in hand with the words that have come before it…that of considering others as more significant than yourself. We have become very much a “me first” generation. We focus on taking care of our own… Read More

My Fear…

“For God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8) What a beautiful line this is as he expresses his desire to be with the Philippian believers. His desire is to be with them and the desire is great. This is more than a man… Read More

A Military Model

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always and every prayer of mine for all of you, making prayer with gladness because of your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5) In the military, there is something that they refer to as a “Tooth-to-Tail Ratio (T3R).”… Read More

Budding Trees

“They are planted in the house of Yahweh; In the courts of our God, they sprout.” (Psalm 92:14 {verse 13 in English translations}) How often we find that we do not blossom in life because we do not plant ourselves in the right place. To plant yourself (keeping the analogy of the righteous being like… Read More

A Man Under Authority

“And he said, ‘I am a servant of Abraham.’” (Genesis 24:34) “‘And I am also a man under authority having soldiers under myself. I say to this one, “Go,” and he goes and to another one, “Come,” and he comes. And to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.’ And Jesus hearing this marveled… Read More

Destructions and Treachery

“Destructions are planned by your tongue; As a sharpened razor, you work treachery.” (Psalm 52:4 [verse 2 in English translations])   Normally, we are not used to seeing the word “destruction in the plural.” Destruction is more or less total and the idea of repeating a destruction over and over seems rather redundant. At the… Read More

The Church as Blessing in the Midst of a Pagan World

“And the Sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying, ‘Hear us, my lord, you are a prince of God in our midst; in the choice of our graves bury your dead. Not one of us will withhold his grave from you for the burial of your dead.” (Genesis 23:5-6)   At the onset, the offer that… Read More

The Culture Wars

In Christian circles, we talk a lot about the culture wars and at least vaguely, I think, most people have some sense of what is meant by that. As we look around us, the western culture has grown more secular and less markedly “Christian” as a whole and the culture war is the crusade that… Read More

Turning the Model Around: Mentoring Evangelism

For about 5 years I have been teaching High School students how important it is to have a mentor and how to go about seeking someone to mentor them. We talk about setting goals, knowing what you would like to achieve, and about looking for a man or woman who has achieved those goals already… 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

Building Museums or Kingdoms

Museums can be a lot of fun to visit. They contain relics and artifacts from which we can learn a lot about our past. They are monuments and testimonies to where we have been as a culture and from where God has brought us as a civilization. They serve a very important role in our… Read More

Are You Getting with the Program or Watching It?

I will confess that I am a consummate daydreamer.  My mind not only drifts off into curiosity on things tangential to what is taking place or being taught, but I am also prone to rabbit trails when I am in the role of teacher.  I never realized just how frustrating that must have been to… Read More

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

“You must pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you rest at ease.” (Psalm 122:6) Beloved, how do you pray for the church?  The word that we translate as “pray” in this passage is the Hebrew word, la’v’ (shaal), which more literally refers to the way someone might plead or beg for… Read More

Let us Go to the House of the Lord

“A Psalm of Ascents; of David. I rejoiced when ones said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh!’” (Psalm 122:1) This psalm begins with a wonderful statement that is alien to the experience of many American Christians: “I rejoiced” when it came time to go to the house of the Lord.  Now,… Read More

What does Church Architecture Point Toward?

            With the coming of the reformation, particularly with the coming of Calvin’s reformation in Geneva, came a shift in the architecture of the Church building.  In the architecture of the medieval Roman Catholic church, the central item in the front of the church—the area that everything in the church pointed,… Read More