The Wonder of the Incarnation

About 2000 years ago a miracle happened. We celebrate it on Christmas. I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid.  We got to sing special songs, unwrap presents, and on Christmas Eve, we held candles and tried not to burn the church down. For a long time, I think I missed the main point.  I’m not talking about forgetting about … Read More

What Does Romans 8:28 Actually Mean?

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 My wife and I enjoy the show Master Chef.  It’s about home cooks competing to produce top restaurant quality meals. They’re judged by professional, celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey. One of the common competitions on the … Read More

The Importance of Believing in Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? By that I mean, do you believe that the laws of nature can be violated by a supernatural God who intervenes in human history?  What we believe about this is more important than you might think and is influenced heavily by our collective history. A side effect of the Reformation was that large swathes of Protestantism … Read More

Past, Present, and Future Sins are Forgiven

Did you know that all your sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven? That may seem like a radical statement. How can God forgive sin we haven’t even committed yet? In Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews contrasts the Old and New Covenants. In verse 11 he says, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftetimes the same … Read More

Free Will in the Creation Story

In Genesis 1 God creates the heavens and the earth, all the animals and plants, and man. After creating the universe, God sits down with Adam and begins to describe what He’s created and man’s role in it. Man is to be a steward of a special corner of God’s creation. Adam is, in conjunction with his family, to fill … Read More

God Sounds Like You

When Jesus was walking the earth, it was a lot harder to recognize who He was than we might imagine. We give the Pharisees a lot of grief for missing it, but His own family didn’t believe in Him (John 7:5). The difficulty they had was that they grew up with Jesus. They saw Him every day working with their dad. He … Read More

What is God Really Like?

What is God really like? That’s a big question. It’s so big we’ll never have the full answer, but we’re meant to continually seek it. Jesus described knowing God as eternal life (John 17:3).  Real living starts when we begin to see God for who He really is. This is a lifelong journey that doesn’t even stop when we die. For … Read More

Stand Still or Move Forward?

I read a sign the other day that said, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” This is a quote from Exodus 14:14. Moses says it to the children of Israel when they get to the red sea and Pharaoh’s army is closing in. We have a tendency in Christianity to pull verses like this out … Read More

Set the Genie Free

Recently I was reading the book version of Disney’s Aladdinto my kids.  If you don’t remember it, it’s the one where Robbin Williams is the Genie and he partners with “Al” to rescue princess Jasmine and the Sultan from the evil wiles of the counselor Jafar. As I was reading it, something really jumped out to me.  The way genies … Read More

Facing Our Fears With Courage

The high dive is no joke. I remember watching people jump off that thing as a kid and thinking they were crazy and awesome.  I really wanted to try it.  Finally, one year I stirred myself up and climbed that long ladder. I can still remember slowly making my way the end. The board was rough beneath my feet, and I … Read More