A New Nickname Written Down in Glory

This is a repost from April 10, 2018. One night after midweek services at church a few years back, my then 12 year old came downstairs visibly upset. I asked him what was wrong and he said he knew we need to read the Bible as Christians, but it’s such a big book and always feels … Continue reading A New Nickname Written Down in Glory

Christ in the Psalms – thoughts on Psalm 56 and John 1

“For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:13‬ “In him was life, and that life is the light of men.” John 1:4 Walk before God in Christ. Although his clothing and armor hang loose on a younger sibling, our … Continue reading Christ in the Psalms – thoughts on Psalm 56 and John 1

A Down Payment on Salvation – Thoughts on Ephesians 1:13-14

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of … Continue reading A Down Payment on Salvation – Thoughts on Ephesians 1:13-14

If you and I had lunch…

I don't do this as much as I'd like to, but sitting down with someone over lunch to ask them questions from their experience and unique perspective is a healthy exercise in personal growth. In my youthful ignorance, I used to only meet with leaders to ask these questions, but have since learned that we … Continue reading If you and I had lunch…

Faith vs. a Desire for Power

'For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”' Acts 8:23 Simon the sorcerer, who was well known for his magic, had come to faith in Christ and wanted the same miraculous powers the apostles displayed. Peter called him out for his hidden agenda. Some things can't be seen just by … Continue reading Faith vs. a Desire for Power

Something is Missing

Writing has become labor. I don’t remember it ever being like this. I have no thoughts worth capturing and the ones which have merit can’t be said just yet. Each day has enough melancholy to cloak the light of innovation like an overcast Cleveland afternoon. This year has challenged or completely taken so much away … Continue reading Something is Missing

Wisdom from Above

“This one calls for wisdom…” (Rev. 13:18a). Understanding Scripture requires wisdom from above, especially passages which are hard to possess intellectually. Wisdom is applied knowledge through experience and insight and the kind of insight we need to aid us in following hard after God requires a wisdom of a heavenly sort. If you don’t understand … Continue reading Wisdom from Above