A New Neo-Orthodoxy? Karl Barth sits on the top shelf with C.S. Lewis and Charles Hodge and a compendium of poetry. I smile at him, and he (even though he lost his dust cover many years ago now) smiles back at me. All that to say, I’ve read and benefited from some of the writings…

Inspirations, Gifts, and Fun Friends up in Lancaster, PA have started a new business to help churches and families grow in their ability to party down on the Lord’s Day. Abondante Living is up and running and filled with meals, decorations, and hosting ideas. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the details or finery; this is…

Rejoicing under His Wings One of the things Israel is most remembered for is her grumbling and complaining in the wilderness, all while God is miraculously feeding his people with bread and water and later even meat, literally falling from heaven. Bread is a picture of life and sustenance, and because of this, bread has…

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Christmas Eve Day: Luke 2:1-20: Bread and Glory Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, we know that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of your mouth. And therefore we come to you now hungry for your word. We are your children; so feed us…

Gut Reactions

Reactions reveal our hearts. When the cup tips over, when the toast burns, when the employee is late again, when your child disobeys again, when she says that or he makes that face, how do you react? In the Hebrew worldview the heart was down in the guts, in the kidneys. We still recognize this…

Merry Christmas

Mt. Hood Don’t know how many of you have been following the recent tragedy on Mt. Hood, but my dad forwarded me the link to this blog here, and it has a number of powerful moments if you scroll down through the last number of days. Particularly the post from Father Jonathan seems to indicate…

A Water Pistol in a Monsoon or A Few Thoughts on the Federal Vision or It’s Calvinism, Baby! I recognize full well that the reformed world, particularly that portion of its unmentionables protruding out into cyberspace, is running all amok with the Federal Vision and Auburn Avenue mêlée. Did to’s and did not’s and nuh-uh’s…

Of Christmas, Trees, and St. BonifaceIn 718, the man born as Winfrid of Wessex, England, now known as Boniface, set out on a mission to the Teutonic tribes of northern Germany. Finding the heart of these pagan tribes bound by the worship of gods connected to sacred groves and trees, Boniface began to attack their…

Two Tables This table is the Eucharist, the table of thanksgiving. There are really only two tables in the world, the table of demons (Paul names it) and the table of the Lord, the table of thanksgiving and Eucharist and the table of ingratitude and bitterness. And Paul says that we may not eat from…