Psalm 47 took the ancient Israelites out of the chaos of their world and pointed them to an amazing future - a future where God's reign as the Great King was actualized over all the peoples of the earth. 1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. 2 For … Continue reading Keep the end in view (Psalm 47)
John Goldingay has an excellent translation of Psalm 46.* Here it is with a few adjustments: 1 God is for us a refuge and strength, help in troubles, readily available. 2 Therefore we are not afraid when earth changes and when mountains fall down into the midst of the seas, 3 Its waters foam in … Continue reading Thoughts on Psalm 46
In his messages to the churches in the Book of Revelation, Jesus repeatedly says: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). Even though Jesus is talking to those who are comprising each one of the seven churches, and even though Jesus is standing among them as … Continue reading Hearing: The necessary component for growth
Luke 15 has three parables: the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Lost Coin, and then what is commonly known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In this post I want to focus on the third parable, but let me point out a few overall details worth noting. The artistry in … Continue reading The Parable of the Dysfunctional Sons: Luke 15:11-32
One of the serious problems we who follow Jesus face is the compartmentalization of our lives and our faith. Our cultures direct us toward thinking in compartmentalized ways because so much of our lives are compartmentalized. We have our work life which extends from 8 to 5. We have our family life, which happens if … Continue reading The problem of compartmentalization
Conflict shapes so much of the world right now; and it shaped the world we lived in for the better part of 28 years. Consequently, we and many others faced an increased level of risk. Why were we willing to go to such a place? To answer this we must describe who we saw ourselves … Continue reading Why did we work in conflict-shaped areas?