An Ebola Doctor on ‘True Neighbor Love’

Listen to this short interview with the Samaritan’s Purse doctor, Kent Brantly. A wonderful reminder of “compassion trumping fear.” He closes with these words which, I believe, are deeply relevant to many other complex issues that can challenge and divide us. A lesson I’ve learned is – we need to worry about the people we don’t […]

Joy amid Sorrow & the Atheists’ Dilemma

“Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian!” (G.K. Chesterton) In a sermon, Joy amid Sorrow – in our Advent series at Christ Church – I began by quoting Philip Yancey’s introduction to Chesterton’s famous apologetic work, Orthodoxy. You can listen here. I suggested 4 “Disciplines” that cultivate […]

Let yourself be moved!

Advent ushers us into a feast for the senses that CAN lead to “spiritual ecstasy,”  (instead of  just sensory overload!) I’ve been working through a wonderful book of poems by Luci Shaw called Scape. I came back today to this one called Ec-stasis. It’s from a Greek word from which we get the word “ecstasy” or literally being “beside oneself.” […]

Content “like a weaned child…”

As a sequel to Sunday’s sermon, Enough, and  our last post on Contentment, I share this reflection from Psalm 131. It is a beautiful picture of our satisfaction being rooted more and more in Christ. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things […]

Advent – A Light in the Darkness!

In him was life, and the life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John’s Gospel 1:5) We do not believe in a God who is absent. We believe in a God who came as the Light so we might not remain in darkness! This Advent and […]

Is Jesus ‘Enough?’ – Listen to Bach

Princeton mathematician, Bernard Chazelle runs out of superlatives for J.S. Bach. He calls Bach the most human of all composers who “gets to your soul through your body.” Here is a gem of an article with embedded excerpts of music that will make you an instant Bach fan. (You can also listen to a fascinating On Being interview by Krista Tippett.) Speaking of […]

Three Ordinary Radicals

In our series, ALL IN! we come to the 8th Commandment against stealing. I called it, “Who are you Robbing?“  which you can access here. We highlighted three doctors – ordinary servants of Christ – who have freely given their lives out of love for God and their African neighbors. Their stories teach us the depth of […]

C.S. Lewis on Chastity and Lust

The 7th Commandment on adultery, as with the other commandments, is miles deep. It guards the sacredness of sex and marriage. Listen to Cheryl Lavornia’s recent sermon (“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”)  for the straight talk on adultery and associated de-humanizers! C.S.L. has a classic word about the true problem with lust. Here […]

Happy Reformation Day! Bach’s ‘Mighty Fortress’

Alongside “All Hallows Eve” on Oct 31 is another holiday remembering the Reformation. Here is the translation that Bach did of Luther’s Hymn that has come to us as “A Mighty Fortress.” 1. Chorus Our God is a secure fortress, a good shield and weapon; He helps us willingly out of all troubles, that now have […]

‘You’re killing me!’ – the many faces of destructive talk

Death and life are in the power of the tongue…!  Proverbs (18:21) The 6th Commandment against murder guards the sacredness of human life. In our series, “All In” I called this teaching, “You’re Killing Me: The 6th Commandment and the Sacredness of Human Life,” which I encourage you to listen to here.  I crafted what I called an […]