The Inward Mentality of the Gift Culture

“And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? “But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and […]

Grace for the Holocaust Victim

  A fellow named Roger Ball posted a comment on Tullian Tchividjian’s blog in response to one of Tullian’s wonderful posts on grace: This is a gross oversimplification. Let’s take a holocaust victim for example. Let’s say that he has serious emotional problems, nightmares etc. Let’s say he also drinks very heavily and struggles everyday […]

The Church as a Gift Culture

photo © 1890 The Library of Congress | more info (via: Wylio)   I know I’m supposed to be doing a study through the book of Job, but I keep having these other ideas so I’m going to go with them. I wrote last time about the church as a gift culture. I’m going to […]

Gratitude is a profound and sophisticated act…

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NASB. Life in the universe of grace is closely intertwined with gratitude. It is a gift culture, not a labor culture. If you live in a labor culture, there is not really much […]

God is a Softie

  We’re going through the book of Luke in my men’s Bible study, and we happened to have arrived at the story of the prodigal son Saturday. Naturally, I noticed new things, as always when you encounter a familiar scripture and pray for fresh insights. This stood out to me on this reading: “Then He […]

Conversation in Heaven

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth […]

Journey through Job

I’m starting a meditative walk through the book of Job. Here is a man clearly loved by God, respected for his deeds, and yet who suffered terribly and entered into a time of doubt and failure. It is a perfect place to explore the mystery of the nature of the blessing of grace in the […]

The dignity of our suffering

photo © 2008 Brad Bridgewater | more info (via: Wylio) Everyone has a cross to bear, it is our very dignity, and it is true suffering. It must not be diminished nor taken from us. It reminds me of the priest in The Brothers Karamazov who told the bereaved woman that there would be no […]

Soul Crush

photo © 2009 aeneastudio | more info (via: Wylio) Well, I confess, officially we are supposed to move on to the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, but I’m doing a second verse in Gimel, because it is so good that I can’t stand the thought of skipping over it. I hope you love this […]

THY law

  SCRIPTURE Ps 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Thy law. PRAYER Father, yesterday was a wonderful study, I don’t think I can expect a study to come together that miraculously every day. But You are God, and everything You do is a miracle! Teach us Lord, change us, forgive […]