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Hate Crime or Love Offering?
Hate crime! These two simple words tell the story of such an ugly and angry truth. What happened to Jesus in Jerusalem during his Passion was... (read more)

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I Wonder What I Don't Get?
Jesus is headed to Jerusalem to face the cross. He has repeatedly warned his disciples that his humiliating rejection and crucifixion were coming... (read more)

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Lose One and You're Done
March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament is now down to its final 8 teams. Just a little over a week-and-a-half ago, there were ... (read more)

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A Major Comeback?
You can imagine my humorous delight to see the notice in my Gmail Inbox from saying: "Johnny Cash's New Album Releasing March 25... (read more)
Now, so what?
In a recent interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, Bill gates was asked about many things — his involvement in his foundation to...... (read more)
Experience Immanuel
"If Jesus is raised from the dead, then he is alive and I can know him today!" These words shared by a young Chinese seeker cut right to the heart... (read more)
Love Will Travel
Donna and I slowly climbed out of our Saturday morning sleep to find several sweet pictures posted on Facebook® from our recent trip... (read more)
Jesus with Dirt on His Face and No Place to Sleep
The group of teenagers spoke with passion — some even had tears in their eyes as they shared their stories. They had been among some of the... (read more)
I Need More Than Me!
Jesus promised, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them" (Matthew 18:20). This promise of Jesus is astounding. Yet we... (read more)
O Come, Please Come, Immanuel
Our churches hunger for it. Our people yearn for it. If we are honest with ourselves, we have a deep and insatiable longing for it. This "it" for which we... (read more)
The ARC of Grace
Isolated. Alone. Forbidden. Labeled. Diseased. Terminal. Forsaken. Forgotten. Desperate. For a variety of skin conditions... (read more)
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
Waiting is hard work. I confess, I am not good at this work of waiting. I am impatient. Sometimes my impatience borders on an ugly arrogance — "Why should I have to wait so long for something like this?" Sometimes... (read more)
Making a Connection
We don't notice it. We can't imagine it. We so easily forget it. What's the "it"? The "it" is that Jesus not only came to show us how God would live... (read more)
Inspired Truth?
What makes Scripture inspired truth? I know the quick answer. You probably know the quick answer, too. You may can even quote it:... (read more)
Counting Down or Ratcheting Up?
Well the count is on. You know it as well as I. We don't have to see the ball in Times Square descending; we know the count is on. You are making plans for... (read more)
Jesus. Birth!
Mary. Joseph. Engaged. Angel. Greetings! Favored! Virgin. Mary. Baffled. Pregnant? Son. Savior! Jesus. Greatest! Reign. How? Impossible! Spirit. Overshadow... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Final Reflections
President Roosevelt's phrase is one of the most widely known phrases spoken by any American president. However, for a follower of Jesus there are many other days... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Accountability
"Myself!" "Me do it!" "Do it myself!" Parents often hear these words when their child is about twenty months old. These first stirrings of self-sufficiency are... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Trust
A number of years ago, I came in from the garage into our house and was greeted by my daughter, then in high school. Megan hit me with a question... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Serving
Growing up in his daddy's house, he knew hard work. Long before he was a man, he knew what it was like to mash his fingers and have to get a thin piece of hot metal... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Prayer
"I wish I had three hours to sit around and do nothing but pray!" This statement, given by a friend who was a successful business executive, dripped with... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Affirmation
People were everywhere. They had crowded in to hear the voice of God thunder out from the wild man in the wilderness who spoke God's truth with clarity unheard... (read more)
Building a Culture of Honor: Introduction
"You've got to be kidding me!" the man said as he took in the implications of the verse he just read. His counselor was shocked that someone steeped ... (read more)
Sighing for Home
David longed for more than water when he said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of... (read more)
With You Always
There is no doubt that Jesus was present and active in the early church in the book of Acts. Every page of the story features his work, overtly or behind... (read more)
Staring into the Face of Jesus
"This week will be the most fun you've ever had getting lice." These words from Miguel began what has been a four year journey in experiencing the presence... (read more)
Real People, Real Family
"Com' on, get real, dude. Hang on, man, I'm going to get real with you. I just gotta be real: all unvarnished truth and no bull. This here is the real deal "Can't we be real about this and not get all worked up about stuff that doesn't matter?"... (read more)
Beyond the sacred Page
I was twenty-five years old. My son, who my dad had worked so hard to live long enough to see, was born hurt and we weren't sure if he would be able... (read more)
The Light of Grace
Egypt. Syria. Afghanistan. Iran. Pakistan. Iraq... For most of those in the West, these are names of places associated with violence, terrorism, Arab Spring, protests... (read more)
Yearning for the Presence
We ache without "this." We long for "this." Something inside us drives us to find "this." Most addiction seems to be... (read more)
It All Begins with...
"I want to see God do great things! I want Jesus to be real in my life — to be able to experience, not just someone I think about in my head! I want to be able to... (read more)
But Herod's Time Ended!
Teleutaesantos de tou Harowdou... — they're just four simple words, but their reality changed everything! Jesus has been born. Herod has... (read more)
Strong and Courageous?
"I hate this! I hate this and don't know what to do! I hate this and I didn't want to be in this situation in the first place! What do I do? I don't think... (read more)
Time to Get out of the Boat!
Jesus' followers had first been afraid of the storm with its violent winds and threatening waves. The seasoned sailors were terrified. Their land-loving friends were frozen... (read more)
The Personal Touch
There are many times in our lives that we find ourselves thinking, "If only Jesus were physically here and I could see him and hear him, it would be so much easier for me to hang on in the middle of what I'm... (read more)
Restored to Life: Our real Salvation
Toward the end of the classic 1997 movie Titanic, Rose finishes her story with the line of the movie that has the most romantic elixir:
A woman's heart is a deep ocean of... (read more)
Fearing the Big 4 No More!
Terror! Terror is way more debilitating than just being afraid. Terror holds us in its icy cruel grip. Terror turns heroes into zeroes. Terror melts the ... (read more)
Falling at His Feet
Desperate. Hopeless. In bondage. Self-destructive. Out of control. Alone. Any of those ever describe you? Most of us... (read more)
Independence Day
July 4. Independence Day. Freedom. Happy Birthday America! Fireworks. Suntan lotion. Picnics. Family togetherness. Cookouts. Fun. Confusing court rulings. Moral decay... (read more)
Meeting God Outside the Box!
What was the moment in your life that you felt God was most present? What was the time and where was the time and where was the place where... (read more)
Who Is this Man?
"Who is this man?" Should this sentence be punctuated with a question mark or an exclamation point? The circumstances suggest both are... (read more)
Taste of Grace, Glimpse of Glory
"Uncle Phil, that is so cool. These people are so great. I am so glad to know them!" These words came from Karen, one of my precious children in the faith... (read more)
Nothing Significant?
"I just don't feel like I've done anything important for God. I've tried to live a good life, but I just don't see how it matters. I've done nothing important... (read more)
While heading out the door of a friend's house, I felt it slip out from under my arm. Then came the sickening sound. Splat as it landed flat, but... (read more)
At the Feet of Jesus
You're in a boat with four of the most experienced sailors who ever navigated the treacherous waters and the unpredictable weather of the ... (read more)
It's a Time to Help, not just Talk
The devastation of the tornadoes in Oklahoma these past few days have been on my mind all afternoon — it is Monday night and I am traveling through... (read more)
Untold Stories: Eve, the Mother of Seth
Moms are often way too hard on themselves! As I have visited with mothers of all ages and stages, so many of them blame any of a child's problems, misbehaviors... (read more)
Untold Stories: Onesiphorus — The Refreshing Gift of Friendship
At an earlier time, when the grizzled ol' apostle Paul was in prison and when everyone was abandoning him and the faith because they were afraid ... (read more)
The Wrong Direction
Like many of you, I was both horrified and amazed when I saw both video and still images of the bomb blasts near the... (read more)
The Story: Three Windows of Grace
Our church sanctuary works pretty well as a place to worship together. However, there is one thing that drives me crazy: there are no windows... (read more)

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