Darkness works by sucking more darkness, bitterness, hate, vitriol, evil, animus, revenge, hostility, venom, rancor etc. into the black hole of malignancy. But we do not, we cannot, we will not defeat evil by responding to it in kind. The only effective intervention to end darkness is light. The only way to overcome fear is through love. The only way to effect positive change is via positive means. Continue reading what we MUST do in response to evil and darkness…
This weekend marks 35 years since Rebekah knelt at the front of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, where a great cloud of witnesses laid hands on her, and prayed that God would do some amazing things through her calling. When she rose to her feet she was an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks … Continue reading 35 years in, and still charged with enthusiasm!
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have been fairly heavy. Important, yes, and always pointing to light, … Continue reading let’s not waste this opportunity to live!
What I found remarkable was the consistency of the high level of play. These guys are not unusual physical anomalies, they simply apply a singular level of practiced competency, utilizing every ounce of talent, strength, concentration, and determination to every shot.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 One of the wonderful things about being part of a dynamic faith community like our church is the amazing diversity we experience. People, ideas, background, politics, experiences, ages – we’re all over the place, yet united in the context of Christ’s love. … Continue reading “If God is for us…” in life and in death
This morning I’m simply sharing six snapshots (say that six times, fast!) from the past few days. # 1: First – right – is Rebekah preparing this morning’s message for Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. She works on her sermon all week long, off and on, but typically brings everything together Saturday. I love the atmosphere of our home when we’re both writing, both engaged with … Continue reading Life in Six Snapshots…
I’m always reluctant to employ hyperbolic language (no, seriously, I really am…), but I have no alternative than to use words such as “unprecedented,” “overwhelming,” and “epic” to describe the number of views garnered by this blog over the past few days! This is the first time ever I’ve seen three consecutive posts register more than 1,000 hits. “What if all those people bought your … Continue reading Light, life, love, & healing
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. – John 1:1-2 Welcome to December, friends! Here in Wake Forest we’re enjoying … Continue reading why it’s okay to have The Rockettes dance in your Nativity…
Faith isn’t about God making our lives easy because we pray the right prayers; faith is about God being with us, regardless, giving us strength and courage, filling us with hope, marking us with promise. Continue reading living in promise when life is hard
If you read this blog often then you already know that I live out of a theology of promise and light. I think that “living out of” a particular theology is an important idea for us to wrap our minds, our hearts around, and our intention too. Continue reading a theology of promise and light