Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thursday’s Thot (07/31/14)

“I think Christ has recommended rising early in the morning
by his rising from the grave very early.”
-Jonathan Edwards


Can I talk you out of marriage?


It was about 20 years ago.

An older friend asked me to breakfast in a small Midwestern town café to discuss a “serious topic.”

A lot was happening in my life. I was graduating from college and about to propose to the girl of my dreams.

That’s why I was so surprised when he opened his mouth and went after me.

For about an hour he voiced concerns about my relationship. Continue reading

Now on Facebook!

FacebookI have a confession. Actually, I have many confessions, but only one that I’m willing to share.

I’m allergic to technology.

No, really. It’s true. Not ALL technology. But most of it.

I’ll prove it: No Facebook, no cable, no cell phone.

Now do you believe me?

So in an effort to branch into the 21st century, I’ve taken some major strides in the last few weeks. Continue reading

Honest Hymns

HPIM1336.JPGAuthenticity is a frightening thing.

That’s especially true in our worship. When we worship God in song, we’re using someone else’s words to express how we feel.

Sometimes, those words commit us to an action. We’re just singing along, and God is taking us seriously, as though we mean every single word.

Be careful what you sing to God! Continue reading

Trends in writing (ANY writing)


Image Credit: Sarah Reid, Creative Commons.

Do me a favor. Grab the book you’re currently reading and flip through the pages. What do you see? This post is going to help you interpret it.

Sweeping trends are happening. These tips apply to virtually any writing. Certainly for publishing books and magazine articles, but also for writing blogs and emails. Especially emails.

I’m a communicator. I have a degree in communication. That’s what I do. I certainly don’t mean that I do it perfectly. Nor do I mean that my primary communication is when I preach each Sunday. Human communication is a specialty of mine, as it should be for every leader.

I’ve learned that more information does not necessarily mean more communication. But that’s old news. Here’s what’s new about today’s world. Brace yourself: Continue reading

Jesus and Genesis 3 (part three)


This mosaic dates from the 12th century and depicts the three temptations of Jesus from Matthew 4, even concluding with the devil departing and angels ministering to Jesus.

I’ve always been fascinated by Genesis 3. There’s just so much packed into that chapter that explains so much about the Bible.

My first post in this series looked at the three responses of Adam and Eve after they initially sinned.

My second post looked at the theme of death in Genesis 3. Amazing stuff in God’s Word!

In today’s post, I’d like to consider the similarities and differences between the temptation of Adam in Genesis 3 and the temptations of Jesus in Matthew/Luke 4. Continue reading