Pressing In

“As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word…” Luke 5:1 God’s word. It is the word that comes from God. It is the word that carries the authority of God. It is the word that gives life to creation, forgiveness to sinners, release to prisoners, adoption to orphans, provision to the poor, power to the weak, and […]

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10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 6)

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Lord, Your faithful love endures forever; do not abandon the work of Your hands.” – Psalm 138:8 “10 Things I Learned from 10 Days in NYC, Part 6” #8 – Famous New York City hot dogs taste like…regular hot dogs. I’m not even sure why I had the impression that […]

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10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 5)

In October 2021 I was fortunate to have a month-long sabbatical. I am grateful for the grace that my church gave to me to allow me this time to step away. Part of that time was spent in New York City as part of the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry. This sabbatical time allowed […]

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10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 4)

In October I was fortunate to have a month-long sabbatical. I am grateful for the grace that my church gave to me to allow me this time to step away. Part of that time was spent in New York City as part of the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry. This sabbatical time allowed me […]

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10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 3)

In October I was fortunate to have a month-long sabbatical. I am grateful for the grace that my church gave to me to allow me this time to step away. Part of that time was spent in New York City as part of the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry. This sabbatical time allowed me […]

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10 Things I Learned in New York City (Part 2)

In October I was fortunate to have a month-long sabbatical. I am grateful for the grace that my church gave to me to allow me this time to step away. Part of that time was spent in New York City as part of the pursuit of my Doctor of Ministry. This sabbatical time allowed me […]

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Book Review: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold – C.S. Lewis

In Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, Lewis retells in the form of a novel the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche found in Metamorphoses and written by Lucius Apuleius Plantonicus. Lewis sees Plantonicus’ work as a “source, not an influence nor a model” (356). He feels justified in doing this since Plantonicus was […]

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PrayER for Afghanistan

I have been deeply burdened for the Christians, pastors, and missionaries who remain in Afghanistan. I have asked for the Lord’s help in how to pray, and today Psalm 68 helped to guide my prayer. I am learning that it is not enough to be moved emotionally in these moments. Nor is it enough to […]

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Competing Ethical Standards: Is there really a competition?

I was asked an interesting question recently that made me think…“How do competing ethical standards and globalizing information and influences impact your context?” While I’m still mulling over the answer, here are some of my thoughts. Feel free to share your own! Evangelical Christianity, commonly associated with the “Bible Belt,” is still the dominant influence […]

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Scripture Reflection – Psalm 50

“Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him. On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people…” Psalm 50:3-4 The following two headlines caught my attention today: “How Bad is the Bootleg Fire? It’s Now Generating Its Own Weather.” “Egypt […]

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