September, 2013

Esther: Why Whitewash God’s Scandalous Grace?

Esther: Why Whitewash God’s Scandalous Grace?

I question our practice of painting biblical heroes more heroically than the Bible does. Hiding the faults of our heroes robs us of grace. That’s why the Bible doesn’t hide them. I once suggested we tell true stories of our heroes, stories that show God’s pursuit of them despite their failings. I pointed out: Abraham was an idol worshiper and God loved him and pursued him; Joseph was a...

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Thorn Bush or Vine?

Thorn Bush or Vine?

Does it feel like each week is an opportunity for God to uncover the “good stored up in your heart” or to reveal the disappointment you have been and will be? I’m sure we have all frequently felt the latter and occasionally felt the former. Jesus’ words in Luke 6:43-45 should be very hopeful and encouraging as followers of Jesus Christ, but for many of us they can bring a sense of...

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Detangling Your Thoughts About Your Calling

Detangling Your Thoughts About Your Calling

(The Blog-On-Video is at the bottom of this page) It seems so hard to “nail down” what our calling is and what we should do. A short while back, I attended a Branding conference put on by Free Agent Academy, of which I’m one of their professors.  I was there as an attendee, not a presenter.  The Branding professor asked us to write out a very brief description (elevator speech) for our...

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How Scary Are The Tests Of God?

How Scary Are The Tests Of God?

It is natural to shudder when we think about the tests of God. They seem so scary. Yet I believe the tests of God are the key to hope and joy. Let me explain. I began flying lessons in 1997. These lessons taught me to take off and land, to navigate using aviation charts, and to communicate with air traffic control. I particularly liked learning to land. On my second flight, my instructor Jayne...

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We Can, We Must

We Can, We Must

(The blog-on-video is at the bottom of the page.) It’s amazing how encouraging and comforting hearing the phrase “me too” can be. I’ve had the opportunity to say “me too” many times over the past year as friends have told me of their fear, weariness and discouragement concerning their work, their calling and their future. I use to think that the fear and...

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