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 […]

Honor Authority*

In our series called “All In,” we’re mining the gold deep within the Ten Commandments. The 5th Commandment sermon: “Honor to Whom Honor is Due,” (available on audio here) travels from parenting to work-place to church authority. The Fifth Commandment is about much more than a happy family, but you may be blessed to see Larry Crabb’s ‘definition’ or […]

How do I love Thee, O my God?

Augustine wrote passionately about everything, including his love for his God! I read this quote today that reminds me powerfully of both the sacramental nature of earthly love and the boundlessness of the eternal. But when I love you, what do I love? It is not physical beauty nor temporal glory nor the brightness of light […]

Don’t miss your Sabbath!

Sabbath-keeping should be one of the joys of life!  Listen to Cheryl Lavornia’s sermon in our All In series to find out why. I’ll add a couple of my favorite Sabbath quotes: “…on the best of these sabbath days, I experience a lovely freedom from expectations – other people’s and also my own. I go free […]