According to John the Baptist, Jesus is the greatest, and he would have us constantly confess this greatness.
My Plant-Based Holiday
What kind of festive merriment can be there without the turkey, ham or any of that lard infused gravy?
God: Fearful Executioner or Giver of Overwhelming Care?
Jesus spoke the truth when He said that not a sparrow falls to the ground without God noticing. He is tenderly watching over you. Our heavenly Father cares more for us than He…
God’s Comforting Voice from the Whirlwind
God proved to be Job’s friend, not the villain who took his money, children, and health.
The God of the Still, Small Voice
God still shows Himself through a thick cloud pulsating with glory and power—but how is God using His power? When wind, earthquake, and fire are stripped away, what is left is…
You Gotta Serve Somebody
The more you observe Jesus, the more you will be attracted to the beauty of His character. It is this attractiveness—this loveliness and beauty—that makes Him so unique.
Abortion: You, Me, and Religion
Some have suggested that the woman caught in adultery in John 8 was the prostitute Mary Magdalene, who had been sexually exploited and abused by Simon, her uncle. What if this…
Vegetarian as Evangelism
Given the traditions of my Jewish and Hindu friends and the sensitivity of my vegan friends who demand compassion for all creatures, they would be highly offended if I consumed…
Nadab & Abihu, Alcohol, and Meat – Part 2
I vividly remember the day my father became a committed Christian. I helped him remove all the bottles of alcohol from the entertainment bar in our basement, and then we dumped…
Nadab & Abihu and Nearness to God’s Glory – Part 1
God wants us in His presence more than we can know. God is committed to redeeming this world from sin and death and is working to infuse it with the light and life of His presence.
Scrub Bush Theophany
When God hears the cries of His people, His heart is triggered to rescue and redeem.
When I experience the beauty God’s character, I find that faith is an experience that happens to me, not something I make happen.
Hagar’s Discovery about God
However, God wants us to recognize that He sees, that His peace and joy can alleviate the shadows of pain and distress. We are sought after and kept by the most powerful Lover in…
Earthen Vessels Carrying Desirable Treasure
God’s power strengthens and holds together our fragile jars of clay, so that they can manifest the life of Jesus. Our life’s purpose is to contain and carry this treasure,…
The Powerful Hold
What obstacles, public shaming, and longtime assumptions are we willing to overcome—as did the courageous woman in this story—to touch Jesus and be in His healing presence?
Tetelestai—It Is Finished! The Cry That Carries the Future
to give us eternal life instead of eternal condemnation. American revivalist Johnathan Edwards summed this idea well in his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry…
Transformed Faith, Transformed World: God, Judgment, Gospel
The common theories and methods for describing the process of justification had become a puzzle for me. I was not a terrified sinner plagued by guilt and seeking justification…
Can you imagine God literally skipping and singing boisterously with joy over you and me? The very idea is astonishing. How breathtaking it must be to see God whirling about,…
Going to the Mat: Wrestling the God Who Prevails
So, where do we stand in our wrestling matches with God? How has God been wrestling with you? Do you feel powerless and alone, enduring a dark night? Are you struggling to face…
Don’t Be Afraid: A Fearless Look at the Fear of God
Perhaps you believe that the antidote to fearing the world is fearing God. Should we be afraid of Him instead? Is the alternative to worldly fear a reality that anticipates dread…
My Vegetarian Lament, and Obeying the Creation Mandate
For centuries, Protestants have championed Martin Luther’s legacy of justification by grace through faith, not works. Habakkuk is the prophetic context from which Paul speaks in…
In the Bible, the “tent of meeting” is described as a portable tabernacle—a sacred place or sanctuary that visualized God’s desire to dwell in our midst.
There are several reasons why I choose to skip the turkey this year and celebrate a plant-based Thanksgiving.
I seek a Thanksgiving that even God would want to join, a kind of international feast that commemorates a deep love for all people and mutual blessings among all tribes and nations.
Being a Protestant today requires keeping the protest alive so the good news about God not yet understood may be recognized.
I recently attended continuing classes that covered energy efficiency and the new requirements to increase building safety standards and health performance. The instructor got my attention…
If we adopted the high standard of being 100% mistake free and applied it to everything we did, no medications would be approved and no bridges would be built.
We may not be completely sheltered from pain and suffering, but neither are we completely abandoned. God emerged from the silence to give Job a meaningful answer.
God’s arms are outstretched to embrace a broken world. They are wide open on a cross, powerfully extended for every son and daughter. God saves with an almighty and all-powerful arm while carrying the weight of a broken world.
In case you are wondering, my decision to follow a plant-based diet comes down to how I treat God’s creation—animals, humans, and the earth. I am a plant based vegetarian because of my belief in the Bible.
God desires to dwell with us and tries to draw us back to Him, though because we are faulty sinners, this is not easy.