THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

4 min to read A poem titled “The Hound of Heaven” influenced G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien, and lots of other people with famous dotted initials. The poem pictures the Lord as a relentless hound hunting for His people. Though they run and hide, His gracious pursuit wins in the end. “The Hound of Heaven” I fled Him down the nights and down the …

WHY DOES THIS STUFF KEEP HAPPENING?

2 min to read We find ourselves asking this question more and more. Sometimes, the losses and crosses of a hard life seem to mount and grow. Unrelenting troubles crash on our shores over and over again. And we ask (perhaps in exasperation), Why does this stuff keep happening? We can find in Scripture many answers to this question. In fact, I found one …

LEARNING TO MINISTER AND NOT PEDDLE GOD’S WORD

LEARNING TO MINISTER AND NOT PEDDLE GOD’S WORD

3 min to read I don’t know many people who “peddle” the Word of God. Paul gave a clear exhortation to his crowd, reminding that they do not peddle the Word as others were doing. “For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God” (2 …

A BETTER WAY

A BETTER WAY

< 1 minute There’s a better way. I’m concerned a lazy form of Christian activism is surging among some circles of Christ’s Church. A desire for the ease of throwing stones, cancelling dissenting voices, falsely crying wolf, and pugnacious debate sometimes rises higher than a desire to do the good, hard work of engaging real issues and ministering to real people. Now that’s …

HOW WILL YOU DIE ON THAT HILL?

HOW WILL YOU DIE ON THAT HILL?

5 min to read What you do on a hill says a lot about how you view Jesus, yourself, and the world. We use this cliché all the time to explain ourselves. This is a hill to die on. That’s not a hill to die on. And so forth. The cliché assumes a hill has only one purpose: death. But there’s a deeper issue to consider. How will you die on that hill?

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GRACE-FILLED CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

2 min to read Tomorrow we begin our slow return to regular corporate worship at Paramount Church! I’m thankful for church members who have expressed in text, and email, and in person their support, understanding, love, and joyful cooperation during a challenging time for the church. They have honored, supported, encouraged, advised, spoken well of, defended, and spoken well of their leaders. Pastors experience …

I’M SO VAIN

I’M SO VAIN

3 min to read Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, the first definition I received of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this:

HOW IS YOUR PANDEMIC PROGRESS?

HOW IS YOUR PANDEMIC PROGRESS?

3 min to read The COVID-19 pandemic brings a global occasion to move from thorn-tree living to fruit-tree living (Jeremiah 17:5-9). Because God ordains all things to magnify His glory and our joy in Him, God infuses even the dreaded Corona Virus with these purposes. As in every trial and trouble–whether a general life hardship, the sins of others against us, false teaching that …

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

3 min to read There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion.