Die, Monster Flesh, Die!

"For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing."

“For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing.” – Romans 7:18 It’s a day for monsters, and despite reservations about horror for entertainment, I've got a perverse fondness for the cinema creatures that spooked me as a boy. Norman Bates, The Crawling Eye, Baby Jane Hudson and The Thing all cost me a few nights sleep back in the early 1960’s, but none so much as The Body Snatchers, those rude pod-critters that attach themselves to you while you’re napping, then take over. Nothing chilled me quite like the ending, Continue Reading

It Ends Well

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“Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 1:6 I love a good thriller. Tell me one of the old Alfred Hitchcock films is on Turner Classic Movies, and if I’m not home to watch it, you can bet I’ll be recording it. When you put a man or woman into a seemingly impossible situation, then spend the next two hours tracking their progress through a maze of surprises, you’ve got me. Continue Reading

How Do I Know He’s Getting Better? Five Things to Look for When a Man Says He’s Repentant

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Wives often ask my wife and I how they can really know their husband, who’s committed some form of sexual sin, is getting better. While there’s no acid test, there are some things I believe a woman can and should expect when her man says, “I was wrong; I’ve repented of it.” Continue Reading

Strange Ire: John MacArthur, Charismatics, and Controversy

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I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often about petty matters.                                                                                                                                           - Anne Frank, “The Diary of a Young Girl” Sometimes it’s best to just look away when people are behaving badly. Spectators at a brawl can, by their presence, encourage and even ramp it up. We all remember what happened in school when someone yelled “Fight!” Everyone came a’ runnin’ because everyone, it seems, is entertained Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

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Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he manipulates each against the other. In the end, lives are lost and hearts are broken, all because people believed Iago’s lies and acted on Continue Reading

Sick of it All


And the land had rest from war.” – Joshua 11:23 Joshua is a book about conflict, an exciting and sobering look at Israel’s possession of Canaan and the variety of battles involved in that conquest. I’m especially taken with its examples of warfare principles, principles I can apply while fighting my own battles and hopefully moving on, taking ground, conquering. If you haven’t yet gone through the book, let me strongly recommend it. It’s an exhilarating read. Continue Reading

Turbo Tongue

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Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:5) James had a healthy respect for speech, and its power to bless or destroy. Frankly, it’s power I’ve come to fear. Continue Reading

My Worst Side

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We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are. -Thomas a Kempis           If I were to describe everything I’m tempted to do, I’d lose all credibility. Not that anyone thinks I’m above temptation, of course. But the nature of the temptations that hit me at times is so base, so ugly and contrary to everything I stand for, that I’m sure many people who once took me seriously would, if they knew the thoughts I sometimes get, write me off, and I wouldn’t  blame them. Things that are unclean, violent, narcissistic or Continue Reading


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I’m not big on “favorite scriptures”, since all of the Word is inspired and profitable (II Timothy 3:16.) Still, I guess everyone has certain ones that come to mind more than others. One of those, for me, is Ephesians 1:4, a verse I lean heavily on. In fact, when I’m tired, which is pretty often, or stressed (who isn’t?) this one pumps me up beautifully. According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Continue Reading

Mad at Dad

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Dads figure pretty largely in the lives of the men I’ve worked with over the years. Well, duh, I know -  Dads figure largely in any man’s life. But I think the reason I hear a lot about them from my clients is because problems between fathers and sons often become the roots of later rebellions, dysfunctions, wounds. So in my work, when talking about a person’s life and history, Dad comes up quite a bit. Sometimes as a monster; sometimes invisible; sometimes unapproachable; sometimes as a terrific guy with some flaws. Continue Reading