Legacy

He is dead.  This was the second sentence of the sermon that was preached at our friend Henry’s funeral earlier this year. Henry had died by suicide. The words crashed into me like a ton of bricks nearly knocking the wind out of me as I sat in the back … ∞

The Need for Faith

Romans 4:1-5 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited … ∞

Dear John 3

The following letter is the first installment in what will be a series of letters to JohnCalvin. These “Dear John letters” are meant to speak for those who are wrestling withwhether to stay in the Christian Reformed church or divorce the church that they’veloved. Rather than trying to solve theological … ∞

A Glimpse of God’s Heart

Recently, I was honored to have an opportunity to learn about the heart of Jesusand what we look like in His eyes. The story happened two weeks ago. As spring iscoming, my neighbors, squirrels and a chipmunk, are becoming very active in myfront yard. One sunny afternoon, I brought some … ∞

APRIL FOOL GOES WRONG

Practical jokes and hoaxes are part of the yearly tradition known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day, which occurs on April 1. April Fools! is a common way for jokesters to reveal their tricks. These practical jokes, which can be exposed as such the next day, can involve … ∞

Nehemiah is a funny book

You have two books with, basically, the same story. Ezra likely, mentions Nehemiah, and Nehemiah describes Ezra as the one reading the law. However, I’m not here to discuss the historical dating of Ezra and Nehemiah; I simply think it’s a funny… thought? This time going through the book, I … ∞

Do you love suffering?

It’s fair to say that I don’t enjoy suffering. It makes you uncomfortable, confronts andcreates insecurities you never grasped, and forces you to come to grips with the evil in the world. At times, our suffering reveals the necessity for retribution or reward. Over the last ten years (but let’s … ∞

Boundaries (part 3)

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend Boundaries “When to Say YES When to Say NO To Take Control of Your Life” What is Insight My Boundaries John and Henry used the story /parable of a good Samaritan (p.36 – 37) to illustrate how we (Christians) sometimes are caught up … ∞

Our Identity in Unity

What defines your identity? Oftentimes we consider our identity as individuals, resulting in a strict individualism that seeks to see our complete identity as an inward trinity – me, myself, and I. However, as followers of Messiah Jesus, our identity is twofold: our identity is both in who God has … ∞

Dear John 2

The following letter is the first installment in what will be a series of letters to JohnCalvin. These “Dear John letters” are meant to speak for those who are wrestling withwhether to stay in the Christian Reformed church or divorce the church that they’veloved. Rather than trying to solve theological … ∞

Boundaries (part 2)

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend Boundaries “When to Say YES When to Say NO To Take Control of Your Life” Examples of Boundaries In summary of our definition in “Part 1”, we have seen that; boundaries are anything that helps to differentiate us from other people, or shows … ∞