Thinking About Thinking: Why Take Your Thoughts Captive?

So you've heard the Apostle Paul's admonition to take your thoughts captive. And you've also heard the world's siren call to let your thoughts run free, and do whatever you want. So why should you choose to bring your thought life in line with God’s Word? It’s simply this: Because God’s Son came to Earth…

Thinking About Thinking

What do you think about? When you're alone, no TV, no work, no friends, no Internet, what occupies your mind? The Apostle Paul had a lot to say about thinking. And perhaps one reason that Paul's "thoughts on thoughts" speak so loudly to today's Christian is that he so well anticipated the issues of our…

Resurrection Sunday +1: When Things Got Real

It's the most important question you'll ever ask yourself. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It's a two-thousand-year-old question, and it started with the people of Israel when Jesus lived here on earth. In those brief three years of Jesus' public ministry, God led many to quickly recognize Jesus' true identity.  When Jesus came to the…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35), Part 2

Epiphany. That's a big word. How about "an a-ha moment?" Whatever you call it, that's what I experienced the day it dawned on me that the Old Testament was all about Jesus. All of the old stories were no longer just allegorical tales about good people. Those stories became signposts, markers that point to Jerusalem,…

Resurrection Week: On a Cross Beside Jesus (Luke 24:32-43)

I'm thankful every minute of my life that Jesus died for me on that cross.  I know that if God had chosen, he could have punished me for my sins instead of punishing Jesus.  But Christ's atoning death satisfied my sin debt, and the debt of everyone else in the world who believes in Him.  Because…

Resurrection Week: The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

Sunday Perspectives: Compact Creativity

Here’s to the makers of American decorative signs, who express complete thoughts of wit, humor, and inspiration in the smallest possible spaces. Finally, someone really gets me. Don’t ask me how few. Here, have some more potato salad... ‘Nuff said there. Just ask my 14-week old puppy! And speaking of the pup, here she is!…

Who’s Your Neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37)

"Pa," young James asked, "how can I love my neighbor?" The candle flickered in the draft from the January wind invading the cabin, piercing the post-suppertime darkness like a beacon. His father took a long draw from his pipe and looked up from his month-old newspaper. In 1805, it took the papers from back east…