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  • God Saves Sinners

    “God saves sinners.” That’s the truest sentence I know. I believe it’s the truest sentence in all the world. And that’s really, really good news for a sinner like me. Someone recently asked what I thought I’d be doing now,…

  • Praying in the Midst of Pain

    Ishinomaki City is a world-renowned fishing port of about 250,000 people. Local pastors tell me there are only about 30-40 Christians in the entire city. Ishinomaki lies on the East Coast of Japan and is nestled up against the Pacific…


  • God’s Kingdom Come

    In ahe heightened success of enlightenment thinking, individualism has ruled the day. This has expressed itself in renewed expressions of individualistic ethics, politics, and religion. Hedonism rules the day of ethics. Libertarian politics is the increasing majority opinion of young…


  • The Beauty of the Lord

    A couple of years ago, I was preparing for a mission trip to the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina, and it came time to head up for the trip orientation. With it being my first time, I did not want…


  • God Is Holding Out On Me

    Right now I’m tempted to believe that God is holding out on me. There. I said it. I planned to postpone writing this until I could speak about my unbelief in the past tense. Like most of you I’m more…

  • Tragedy, Violence, and Human Dignity

    Over the last several weeks news headlines have carried pronouncements of unspeakable tragedy and carnage. Well-known singer Christina Grimmie was senselessly murdered in Orlando. Then, just a day later, the world awoke to news of the worst mass shooting in…



  • Deliver Us From Evil

    The prayer of our Lord contains the profound words, “deliver us from evil.” For these four words contain, in a simple package, implications for prayer and discipleship that could be contemplated at length. The central theme of this statement is…

  • Dominion Commission

    As Christians, we understand that every single person on the planet is created in the Image of God. The Genesis account of man’s creation communicates this truth (Gen 1:26-28). Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after…


  • Resolved to be Human

    I’m ashamed and embarrassed to admit that, for most of my Christian years, I have answered an important question incorrectly. A critical question. I’ll get to that question. But first, rambling. Maybe it’s because I am “one untimely born” into…