Day 1: Prophet Z

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over…

Enacting My Life for Yours

Pastor Jordan reminded us at the conference over the last couple of days that this meal is not only communion with Jesus, but it is also a volunteering to die for the sake of Christ and for one another. The bread particularly points to the fact that we are united in Christ, one body, one…

Faith vs. Positive Thinking

Far too many Christians mistake the notion of positive thinking with true faith in the God of Scripture. The pastor calls the people to believe the promises of God, to trust in the Lord, to overcome sin, and so on, and many Christians think that the pastor is suggesting that they try a little harder,…

Bradbury on the Joy of Writing

How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lighting bolt? What are the best things and the worst things in your life,…

The New Eve

We frequently struggle with holding corporate and individual realities and demands in balance. Salvation is described in both individual and corporate terms going back to the nation of Israel and culminating in the New Covenant in descriptions of the Church as the bride of Christ and the New Jerusalem, the city of God coming down…

An Invitation to Believe

“He will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty…” (Is. 33:16-17) Whatever your situation today, whatever your background, whatever your story is, if you are here then you are invited…

Grace is a Fire Extinguisher

“You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble; your breath, as fire, shall devour you.” (Is. 33:1) Isaiah says that when the judgment of God comes, sometimes it comes in the form of self-destruction. In Romans, Paul says the same thing when he writes that God sometimes gives people over to their unclean passions….

How Pride is the Father of Depression

Pride is a promiscuous sin and begets bastard iniquities all over the landscape of any given life. But one sin fathered by pride and frequently unnoticed is depression. In a fallen world there may be numerous  factors contributing to depression, darkness, deep sadness: Death, sickness, chemical imbalances, sin, guilt, broken relationships, failures, regrets, etc. I grant all…

Wave Offering Warfare

“And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tambourines and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.” (Is. 30:32) The phrase “in battles of shaking will he fight with it” is interesting. The word for shaking is sometimes…

When Asking for Advice is Actually Lying

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin…” (Is. 30:1) Isaiah confronts the nation of Israel as a nation of rebellious children. Isaiah isn’t merely talking to teenagers or young…