Archives for November 2011

Francis Chan on the Holy Spirit

I would like to share the following quotation from Forgotten God, by Francis Chan: “I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want to live in such a way that […]

Book Review: The Heart of the Story by Randy Frazee

I was given an opportunity to obtain a review copy of The Heart of the Story, by Randy Frazee. The title and description of the book interested me so I took advantage of the offer. The author nearly lost me right from the get-go when he tried to provide perspective on how large the universe […]

What Joseph teaches me about Thanksgiving

Genesis 41 records the story of how how Joseph responded when he was presented to Pharaoh. Even though Joseph was sold out by his brothers and falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, even though he spent years in slavery and prison, even though he had good reason to think that God had abandoned him, Joseph wastes […]

To death and beyond . . .

I find John 12:10-11 very informative on how I should respond to death: 10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. Perhaps it is only my warped sense of humor, but this strikes me as […]

Jesus does not agree with this church marquee . . .

A picture of a church marquee stimulated thoughts on the exclusive claims of Jesus.

The blessing of mourning – Matthew 5:4

#5 in the Sermon on the Mount Series Jesus said this about mourning: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NIV) In the introduction to his book The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis writes: “When Mr. Ashley Sampson suggested to me the writing of this book, I asked leave […]

On the difference between a hireling and a shepherd

In John 10:12–13 Jesus is quoted as saying the following about the difference between a hired hand and a shepherd: “The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The […]