A Christian By Any Other Name

“The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch,” Acts 11:26 tells us–but musician Marcus Mumford declines the name, thank you very much. In an interview last month with Rolling Stone, the 26-year old leader of the British band Mumford & Sons and the child of Vineyard pastors, declined to apply the name of...

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Are You In It for the Long Haul?

The Boston Marathon bombings on Monday remind us that the fight against evil is ongoing. We are, indeed, in an endurance run to protect our freedoms and build a safe world for future generations. Hours after the attack, a Facebook friend posted, “What is wrong with our species?” I replied, “Sin.” I didn’t...

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Net Gains

  A Fish Story Have you heard the one about the pastor who confronted a church member one Sunday morning? He said, “George, I heard you were out golfing last Sunday during worship.” George snapped, “Pastor, that’s a dirty lie…and I’ve got the fish to prove it!” Peter and his buddies had no...

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The Grave With You is no Grave!

“With You, Lord, I will flee, that I may gain in You Life in every place. The prison with You is no prison, for in You man goes up into Heaven: the grave with You is no grave, for You are the Resurrection!” (Jn 11:25) St. Ephraim the Syrian, 4th century...

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Saturday Mourning

  Now’s the time for mirth and play,Saturday’s an holiday;Praise to heaven unceasing yield,I’ve found a lark’s nest in the field.  Christopher Smart, Hymns for the Amusement of Children  A Bird’s-Nest-On-the-Ground Kind of Day I don’t know about you, but finding a bird’s nest on the ground wouldn’t excite me...

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The Little Black Dog

  Years ago, I discovered a poem by Elizabeth Gardner Reynolds entitled “The Little Black Dog.” The first time I read it, I wept. Being a lover of Jesus Christ and a huge fan of dogs, the two came together in a perfect storm of emotion. On this Good Friday 2013,...

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Three Parades

  The parade route begins near the twin towns of Bethpage and Bethany, less than two miles from Jerusalem and winds into the Holy City. The Grand Marshal is an unlikely hero – a rustic from a blue-collar town up north, the son of a woodworker. In keeping with his...

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Turning Garbage Into Gold

On this day in 1987, a 210-foot barge named the Mobro 4000 began a strange voyage on the seas, searching for a place to dump over 3100 tons of garbage. The trash was generated by the Long Island city of Islip, but their overextended landfills couldn’t take in the refuse....

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Signs of the Season

  Ah, spring! That season when, as the American writer e.e. cummings put it, “the earth laughs in flowers.” Here in the Lone Star State, there are two seasons that I cherish: autumn, because it finally brings cool weather after the hellish heat of a Texas summer and spring, which summons green growth following...

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