People Grace (part one)

People Grace (part one)

If grace is the good we get from God that we do not deserve, pastors see plenty of it. We are in on people’s lives at the best and the worst of times, and it is during these times... Read More »
(Part 3) Lights Along the Way

(Part 3) Lights Along the Way

Another author who has deeply impacted my life is Timothy Keller. Billy Graham wrote: “Timothy Keller’s ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics... Read More »
WRONG QUESTION

WRONG QUESTION

“Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7-9)  If Jesus was in the wrong place – Samaria, and He was there at the wrong time – around noon, then in verse 7 He is certainly asking... Read More »
Restoration, Part 1

Restoration, Part 1

Virtuous and vicious every man must be, Few in the extreme, but all in the degree. ~Alexander Pope God knows we need restoration. In the face of common temptation we fall—voluntarily... Read More »

The Story of a Crucified Crook

Luke 23:32-43 Introduction: On a March afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, I stopped at the house of my good friends’ mother. I was fulfilling a promise made to her sons serving in... Read More »
KILLED WITH A KISS

KILLED WITH A KISS

Still as of old, men by themselves are priced— For thirty pieces Judas sold himself, not Christ. —HESTER H. CHOLMONDELEY Warm-up: Luke 22:47–48 Judas has come down to us as the... Read More »
The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

Even when their foolish words they turned on him, He did not his disciples send away; He knew their hearts were foolish, eyes were dim, And therefore by his side needs must they... Read More »
“Reflections for Father’s Day” (Part Two)

“Reflections for Father’s Day” (Part Two)

In part 1 of this series of Father’s Day reflections, we thought about the value of words of affirmation. The baptism of Jesus and His transfiguration were opportunities for His... Read More »
Character Counts

Character Counts

Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from [these] willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my... Read More »
Facing One’s Failure

Facing One’s Failure

If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father. —1 John 2:1 Only a few baseball players have ever batted .400 over an entire season, which means they went hitless six... Read More »
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