So You Say You Want to Be Humble

So You Say You Want to Be Humble

I can think of several key experiences that have humbled me in my life. Obviously, the first year of marriage comes to mind. If that isn’t a humbling experience for every husband on the planet, then there’s something very wrong with you. That first year is the life-equivalent of racing top-fuel dragsters. You basically go…

Our Holy Heavenly King

Our Holy Heavenly King

Apart from my personal feelings about the recent U.S. presidential election—whether it was stolen or not; or whether the media coverage was scandalously biased or not; or now whether or not the philosophies of the new administration will prove untenable for Christians—one simple fact is undeniable. Donald Trump is no longer the President of the…

Frenemies

Frenemies

There are certain words that just don’t go together. Alone, they have potency and meaning, but when used in tandem, they seemingly negate each other. Like an acid and a base, left alone they each retain their independent properties, but when mixed, they neutralize each other. Now, in literature, this type of device is used…

Blessed Selflessness

Blessed Selflessness

This past Sunday I began preaching, The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ sermon that spans Matthew 5-7.  This sermon can be summarized with two words: pride crushing.  What appears as an immediate contradiction is that Jesus begins this sermon by repeating the word, “Blessed” nine consecutive times. 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the…