Better Than You See Yourself

The LORD says,“Come, let us talk about these things.Though your sins are like scarlet,they can be as white as snow.Though your sins are deep red,they can be white like wool.” ISAIAH 1:18 Happy is the personwhose sins are forgiven,whose wrongs are pardoned.Happy is the personwhom the LORD does not consider guiltyand in whom there isContinue reading “Better Than You See Yourself”

The Key to Your Rest

(Heb. 4:1–13)Have you ever noticed that when you read the Bible, you tend to imagine a tone of voice? Reading some passages, like Psalm 23, we imagine a warm, loving tone. Reading other passages we can almost hear disapproval or anger. Actually, the tone of voice we imagine is most helpful—or harmful—when it comes toContinue reading “The Key to Your Rest”

When We Don’t Realize What We Have

To me … this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (EPHESIANS 3:8) Years ago our pastor told about a southern plantation owner who left a $50,000 inheritance (perhaps equivalent to half a million dollars today) to a former hired hand who’d served him faithfully all his life. TheContinue reading “When We Don’t Realize What We Have”

Our Digital Future

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception is a brilliant, often uncomfortable portrayal of a future world where sophisticated technology has unlocked the ability for people to escape reality. Through a fictional “dream-sharing” device, the characters in Inception can create, manipulate, and even invade people’s dreams. At one point in the movie, the heroes visit a scientistContinue reading “Our Digital Future”

The Prosperity Gospel in Today’s World

As the entire world faces a public health and economic challenge the likes of which none of us has ever seen, we can, sadly, see the hucksters and grifters of the “prosperity gospel” movement, and their enablers, taking every opportunity, once again, to destroy lives and enrich themselves. This ought to matter to every discipleContinue reading “The Prosperity Gospel in Today’s World”