Staying Power

Armed

“By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other.  But a marriage is three of us.” -Christian entertainer Barbara Mandrell, answering the question of why her marriage works   I know my wife loves me. But I think it’s taken more than that to keep her with me for 28 years. She also loves, and is obedient to, God. And that’s where a Christian marriage gets its Continue Reading

When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

Of Headship and Headaches

Power Struggle

In the classic movie farce Some Like It Hot, Jack Lemmon, disguised as a woman, dances a tango with a gent who thinks Lemmon’s a lady, and a lovely one at that. But the man has one complaint. “You’re leading again!” he keeps pointing out. Accustomed to taking the lead as a male, Jack’s now finding it hard to dance as a follower. But unless one of them yields, the tango’s going nowhere. Continue Reading

Mad at Dad

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Please Note: I got knocked down with a serious bug this weekend in New Hampshire which has had me flat on my back all week. So thanks for bearing with me, and my posts will be back on a regular schedule now. I'm at the age when I, and many of my friends, are standing at the dock with our parents. They're getting ready to board and we're reluctantly facing it, while reflecting on how much they mean to us, and how surprisingly huge their role in our lives has turned out to be. All of which gets me thinking about fathers and sons. Dads figure Continue Reading

Time to Run?

Wallbuilding

“Should such a man as I flee?” –Nehemiah 6: 11           Nehemiah had it rough. His passion was to rebuild; the distractions and opposition along the way were relentless. First, since Israel’s enemies hated the idea of the Hebrews regaining their city’s fortification, they tried every trick in the book – mocking, threats, slander – to keep Jerusalem’s walls from going up. Second, in the midst of rebuilding he discovered that some wealthy Israelites were exploiting their own brethren through high interest mortgages; some had also intermarried Continue Reading

Something Weird Under My T-Shirt

This is not the same as Right-Guard Deodorant - But You Probably Knew That

We're so often clueless about what's really going on with the people we know. Continue Reading

Naked and Unashamed

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. - Genesis 2:25 Shame wasn’t part of the human vocabulary until sin entered the picture. Adam and Eve were, as countless paintings and films suggest, innocently erotic and erotically innocent. No clothes and, I daresay, no inhibitions. That was then, and then was worlds away, ages ago. Continue Reading

At What Cost?

Cross

“ --- neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” - II Sam 24:24 “The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.” -Jessie Owens, Olympic Gold Medalist This morning I offered my body up to God. Besides my wife, I really think He’s the only one who wants it, but from what I read above, He does. And somehow today the reason He does seems unusually clear: My body is essentially Continue Reading

Staying Power

Consistency

“By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other.  But a marriage is three of us.” -Christian entertainer Barbara Mandrell, answering the question of why her marriage works   I’ve reluctantly concluded that my wife has stayed with me for 27 years because she loves, and is obedient to, God. Continue Reading

With Love, Disappointed

man on a beach

“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia — At my first answer no man stood with me, but all forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.” - II Timothy 4:10-16 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” - Philippians 2:21 Live enough years and you’ll get a taste of what Paul’s talking about here, and I think you know what I mean. Church splits. Fallen ministers. Broken commitments. Self-righteous Continue Reading