Mini-Me

Not too long ago, a seminary student interviewed me for a class assignment on “non-traditional ministry roles.” I guess a grown man who dresses up in church would be considered “non-traditional,” so I was happy to oblige. At one point, my interviewer asked how I viewed my vocation as an...

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God and Greybeards

This must be “Pick On an Old Man Week.” I was playing “Draw Something” with a randomly-chosen player, and he obviously saw my profile pic because he sent me this message: “You’re too old to play this game.” A few days later, I ran into a retired colleague and said, “You...

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Unlikely Messiah

If you could custom-order a messiah, it probably wouldn’t be Jesus. In His day, He did not fit the popular idea of a savior — and still doesn’t by many people today. Consider this unlikely Messiah: HE HAD AN UNLIKELY BIRTH He wasn’t born in a palace to wealthy or...

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Good Friday, Indeed

On Good Friday, we hear a lot about the Cross of Jesus, but not a whole lot about our own crosses. Jesus made it explicitly clear that if we were to be His disciples, we would have to take up a cross and follow Him (Matt 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23). If you...

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

I did not give up anything for Lent this year. My only resolution was to get through a devotional book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for a while. However, my wife and I inadvertently took up a Lenten discipline after our youngest son moved out a few weeks...

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Hawking and Heaven

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist who once advised “to look at the stars and not at your feet,” died at his Cambridge home on Wednesday at the age of 76. Hawking was given a life expectancy of two years after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in...

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Testing…1-2-3 The Second Temptation

Would you find it surprising that Satan knows scripture? In the second temptation of Christ, the devil whisked Jesus to the highest point of ancient Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the temple. There, perhaps snaking an arm around the soiled robe of his adversary, Satan whispered, “So you are the Son...

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One Little Word The First Temptation

The first temptation of Christ hinges on a tiny word – “if.” Satan, encountering a famished Jesus in the wilderness, whispered, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread” (Matt. 4:3, italics mine). It may seem a minor thing for Jesus to have pulled off...

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Why is Billy Graham in Heaven?

“America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham, passed away Wednesday at the age of 99. The news of his death opened a floodgate of tributes from near and far. President Donald Trump tweeted, “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! A very special man.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said...

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