A Do-It-Yourself-Psalm

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in God, Hope, Redemption, Uncategorized | 0 comments

diyI’m not much of a poet, but Psalm 124 provides a template that even I can follow in writing a personal expression of praise.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
2 if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive
when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.

6 Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

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Sacred Duty

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s a guest post by my long-time friend, Mike Hamel. In a few simple words he has nailed a profound truth that too many men ignore as they get older: Sacred Duty

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A Transcendent Moment

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take a look at this brief, but stirring clip. Know what it makes me think of? A topic I’ve written on before, including here. It’s Transcendence; in this case: God-given gift, spontaneous community, spiritual connection.

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On Ministering to a Church Without Walls

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Please listen to this interview with the good people at Unlocking the Bible. Click here to listen (Posted by Scott while Craig is away)    

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Glory and Ruin, Part II

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Character, Heroes, Redemption, Transformation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”   —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn As a survivor of the Gulag Archipelago, the massive Soviet system of prisons to which political and religious dissidents were abandoned from the 1940-80’s, Solzhenitsyn had an unusually awful exposure to mankind’s wickedness. Though he might have considered himself above those who committed such crimes, he was honest enough to admit his own flaws. I am convicted, and compelled, by the fact that men are capable of performing some of the most heroic of acts, as well as the most heinous of crimes. (I touched on this theme in a post a year ago, also entitled Glory and Ruin). Our daily headlines reveal stories of men engaged in life-risking bravery alongside depictions of men committing unspeakable brutality. Glory and Ruin. It would be nice, as Solzhenitsyn suggests, if we could just separate the wicked men of our world into a consolidated group and just get rid of them. The truth, as honest men will admit, is more complicated. Although there are without question, unusually evil men and unusually good men in the world, most of us know that, while we long to become men who others trust and admire, we also have the capacity for selfishness, betrayal and deceit. Glory and Ruin. I am convinced that, just as men carry the potential to inflict unusual harm, they carry equal potential to bestow unusual blessing. Glory and Ruin resides in all of us (women, too, by the way). Scripture urges us to  “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Heb. 3:13, 14. Men, let’s take an honest look in the mirror, and admit and repent of any selfish patterns of Ruin. And then, quickly, embrace the Glory present in all of us who claim the transforming power of the blood of Christ. Glory and Ruin. I see it in me; I see it in other men. You do, too. Believe in, and call out, the...

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A Disappearing Breed

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Character, Courage, Heroes, Legacy, Self-sacrifice, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Men, My dad is a World War II Veteran who, at 89, is one of a disappearing breed of heroes. 1000 WWII vets die every day. Perhaps your dad, grandfather or an uncle is one, too. They are men who know what it feels like to sacrifice themselves to a cause greater than themselves. It’s a quality seen in real men throughout history. Please take a look at the 2 minute video at this link: WWII vets. It’s a trailer for a documentary that will come out in November. The point is to remember and honor the men and women who fought in that war…before it’s too late to say, Thank...

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