Hold Your Peace

And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in theContinue reading “Hold Your Peace”

Pride and Control (Spiritual Forging Pt. 1)

The last several months have been a little overwhelming.  My plan (there is irony in that word, and you’ll better understand it after you read) is to break back into this blog with a few posts giving a sort of spiritual reflection on where I have been.  Mine is a hammer and anvil spiritual journey. Continue reading “Pride and Control (Spiritual Forging Pt. 1)”

The Only Free Man (Final Post)

The Only Free Man               This series of posts began several months ago as a look at sin and causation.  It started as one post and morphed into several, and I somehow don’t feel much closer to the end now than I did at the outset.  This is that big of a topic.  I amContinue reading “The Only Free Man (Final Post)”

Failure (The Only Free Man pt. 3)

We have talked about sin as darkness and we have talked about sin as chains.  In this post I want to talk about sin as failure, which when connected with the other two should lead to our final post on this topic.                The term that the New Testament uses most often to describe sinContinue reading “Failure (The Only Free Man pt. 3)”

The Sins of the Fathers to the Third and Fourth Generation

My son was recently told he would need to get a pair of glasses, myopia.  He’s ten.  He undoubtedly inherited this from me, as I was the same age when first diagnosed as nearsighted.  He’s probably taking it about like I did, which is to say not well.  But he most likely does not haveContinue reading “The Sins of the Fathers to the Third and Fourth Generation”

Darkness (The Only Free Man, pt. 1)

This is the first of a multi-part set of posts on freedom and sin. Have you ever been caving?  Maybe you have been on one of those guided tours where they turn the lights off on you and forced you to experience pure pitch black for the first time in ever?  No starlight.  No ambientContinue reading “Darkness (The Only Free Man, pt. 1)”

Who Wants to Live Forever

Spotify played me a poem a few days back, A Kind Invitation by Tyson Motsenbocker.  In the poem, Death and Love are personified and visit a man in three episodes.  In the first two they go hand in hand but at the end Death sans Love comes to the man alone, revealing that in hisContinue reading “Who Wants to Live Forever”

Especially Fond of You

Papa meeting Luke at Christmas: From left, Annie (my wife), Luke (our adopted son), Papa, and Craig (our oldest). I was working in my office yesterday, Spotify randomizing music in the background while I tried to come up with ways to do things that I am not very good at (or at least that IContinue reading “Especially Fond of You”

Leadership Sin (Part 3) Pride, Confession, and Redemption

Image: Albrecht Durer: King David Doing Penance, National Gallery of Art. This is the third part of a piece regarding the sin of leadership, namely pride.  We began with a look at 1 Timothy 5:19-20 and how that helps us identify pride as the sin that “the rest may fear” as opposed to, for example,Continue reading “Leadership Sin (Part 3) Pride, Confession, and Redemption”

Leadership Sin (Pt. 2): King David’s Pride

Allaert Claesz, David and Bathsheba, Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. ” 2 Samuel 11:1, NIV In theContinue reading “Leadership Sin (Pt. 2): King David’s Pride”