It Ends In Death

I just started reading through Ezekiel, first because I’m in between Bible study projects, and second because I started reading through the whole Bible last January and I’d rather like to finish it sometime. The other day I was in Ezekiel 6. Like so much of this book it’s denouncing …

My Heart Is a Liar

They say follow your heart, and listen to yourself, and you won’t be led astray. We know it’s not true. But we still follow that advice anyway, without realizing it sometimes, and it’s only after we’ve gone down that road that we realize it leads to despair. I know, because …

The Purpose of a Writer (and Anybody Else)

Do you ever wonder what you’re doing? Or why you’re doing it? Sometimes I feel that way about writing. I wonder whether I should even be doing this. I don’t really have the life experience of an author much older than I have. I haven’t gone through as much hardship …

When Earthly Beauty Looks Beyond Earth

It’s so easy to forget how much beauty there is around us. I went for a walk yesterday, mostly to enjoy the cool breeze and get some exercise. The streets around my neighborhood wouldn’t necessarily be called scenic. It’s a sort-of-rural-sort-of-suburb kind of area–lots of houses, a few fields with animals …

Why Do You Sing On Sunday?

  On the surface, a concert isn’t that much different from Sunday morning worship. Sure, there are some differences. But if you think about it, both involve music. Both have someone standing up front, usually with a guitar, and singing into a mic while the audience sings along from their …

The Greatest Kind of Deliverance

My most recent study project is Psalm 40. It’s a beautiful prayer of trust in God and cries for deliverance. I’ve been going section by two-or-three-verse section, trying to dive into the rich truth this psalm contains. At its core, this chapter is about trust and deliverance. It’s about waiting …

O Come, Emmanuel | The Breathtaking Hope of Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. Advent is about waiting. It’s the weeks leading up to Christmas, when we remember Israel’s longing for the Messiah, the thousands of years before He came. We remember the prophecies, the wondering when the Savior would appear. We remember the darkness …