The Josh Duggar and Ashley Madison scandals have - so far - stayed off of Edify Hub. Even now, I don't intend to write about them, but the buzz they stirred up has made it impossible to escape a very important point.
The doorbell rang. I sighed heavily after my kids peeked through the blinds and announced who was at the door. “Kristen” (not her real name) is a neighbor girl who, for the past 3 years, has come to our door asking for a ride to school whenever she misses the school bus. The first year […]
I've been sitting for over an hour trying to explain how to respond to the six reasons for institutional standards. I finally have a perfect answer for each one of them.
Ed has the gift of exhortation. He can draw hard lines by applying Scriptural principles to his own experience. When others with different experience find their lines in different places, Ed quickly concludes that those others are either liberal or legalistic, depending on where their lines land. Mark has the gift of mercy. He can find […]
Nobody writes about tear-stained keyboards. It just sounds silly. Unlike those ancient authors who wept over literal ink on paper, the blurry letters before me will clear up when my eyes dry.
Again last week, I read a story of abuse. One person, believing himself to be right and just, injured another who was weaker. The physical injuries eventually healed - mostly. But the emotional injuries erupted again last week, some thirty years later. These stories seem to be more and more common.
But this time, I knew the person who was hurt.
Yes. It’s true. I love sin. Don’t get me wrong – I love God; I really do. Or, at least I’ve convinced myself that I do. But my love for God is imperfect. It’s a weak love — an inconsistent love. And when I’ve been self-focused (Galatians 6:8), when I don’t “retain God in [my] knowledge” […]
Ah, that convicting promise from James 1:3, “…the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Why is it so hard to realize that promise? Why does patience seem so elusive during the trial? How was Daniel able to stand true for God during a lifetime under heathen kings? How could Joseph keep his integrity through so […]
I hate failure. I hate even the hint of failure. I hate it so much that I often won't try new things until I am sure they will have the result I expect. Reading Psalm 37:23, I conclude that if I am a good man, the Lord will order my steps so precisely that I will never do anything that anyone would view as a mistake. In fact, I would rather do nothing than to be told I did something wrong. Are there any Biblical models of someone apparently "failing" - even while following the leading of the Spirit?
When I wrote about my exercise of quiet listening last week, I had no idea what challenges I would face this Wednesday. Just before my walk, I hit a situation that filled my mind with alternating thoughts of guilt and blame.