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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Does spiritual warfare matter?

I had heard it before. The man across the table from me was obviously distressed. Disheveled hair and red eyes let me know before he did that he had not been sleeping well. Trouble with his wife and kids as well as stress at work were the source that he identified as the problem. It […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Ethical Issues – Part 1

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Offerings & Sacrifices

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Where Did the Apostles Go?

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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Scripture Reflection – 1Corinthians 16:9

They go together – “A wide door for effective ministry” and “many oppose me.” We expect one or the other, but the example of Paul’s ministry is that they go together.  Opposition often feels like defeat. The mosquito stings of criticism feel like daggers of deceit. The natural fatigue that comes with a “wide door […]

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Book Review: The Hole in Our Holiness

In The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012), Kevin DeYoung argues that working hard to be more like God in our moral character or “pursuing Godliness” is not legalism and antithetical to the gospel but rather a necessary expression of “gospel passion.” He rightly […]

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