Twinkie Salad


 It’s become chic to say Christians should be known more by what we’re for  than what we’re against. Usually the phrase is employed to criticize believers who openly stand against abortion, homosexuality, pornography or unclean entertainment. (Though interestingly enough, if the same believers stand against human trafficking or child abuse, no one pulls out the For and Against line.) And to a point I agree. If our primary message has been a one-note tirade against select sins, then yeah, we blew it. That’s Law without Gospel, obsession with one Continue Reading

Judgment Days


“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.” -Matthew 7:2      I remember hearing Pastor Chuck Smith, years ago, admit (from the pulpit no less!) “You should be glad I wasn’t God yesterday, ‘cause if I was, I’d have sent everyone to hell!” How I loved it - a great and godly man admitted he had lousy days when he could barely tolerate people. And while that doesn’t give me permission to wish hell on folks, it comforts me to know I’m not alone when I do. People are, among a myriad of other things, irritating. Not always, but at Continue Reading

Bad Medicine

White Calcium Pills

The pain in my tooth was murderous. I was reduced to a whimpering, whining child, and if you've ever had serious dental trouble you know exactly what I mean. Continue Reading

Treasuring Her

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Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife — -1Peter 3:7 I know my wife better than anyone else. Well, duh. We’re 26 years married, after all, so if my working knowledge of the woman isn’t higher anyone else’s, it’s be a heck of an indictment against me. Continue Reading

His Work, His Timetable


“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” -Psalms 138:8 I’m starting this year with a very mixed assortment of gratitude and disappointment, which is to say 2013 was business as usual. Continue Reading