When paths diverge

November 18, 2014 — 14 Comments

I was surprised by how much response I received from my last post. I guess shouldn’t be, though, because it’s always been the personal articles that have touched the most people. So here we go with another.

Personally, I’m at a crossroads in life. I see two paths before me. One is the way of the cross and self-abandonment; the other is the way of my full potential and self-fulfillment. Down each path I see new doors–some opened, some closed–leading to various opportunities to write, to travel, to speak, to do. But they are different, even opposite, in their nature and purpose.  Continue Reading…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written much about the Church. This is mainly because it’s been a while since I’ve been part of a functioning assembly, and I try to only write about what I’m living. No living, no writing, in other words.

I led some meetings in town for about a year which came to a close a couple months ago, and since then I’ve been active visiting local congregations in an attempt to build relationships with the saints. I even spoke to one congregation recently, so it’s not that I’m without fellowship. But very little of it can I honestly call “church life.”  Continue Reading…

their name is todayI just finished Johann Christoph Arnold’s latest book, Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. Arnold is a trusted source of pastoral wisdom, and this is the second work of his that I’ve had the pleasure to read.

This book is based on Arnold’s previous work, Endangered: Your Child in a Hostile World. The title is taken from Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral who says:

We are guilty of many errors and many faults,

but our worst crime is abandoning the children,

neglecting the fountain of life.

Many things can wait. Children cannot.

Right now their bones are being formed,

their blood is being made,

and their senses are being developed.

To them we cannot answer, “Tomorrow.”

Their name is today.

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sadhuSundar Singh stands in a long line of non-western Christians whom western believers know little about. I recently obtained a copy of the Plough’s new book, Widsom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh and I was blown away by its content.

Sundar Singh was known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity. He was raised in a devout Sikh Hindu home, but was troubled by his lack of peace. He wrestled incessantly with questions about life and God, so much so that one Sikh priest predicted to Sundar’s father: “Your son is not like the others. Either he will become a great man of God, or he will disgrace us all by going insane.” Continue Reading…

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How does this world look to you? Is it right side up or upside down?

Growing up, you learn how to exist in the world and how to play by its rules when it comes to business, school, work, ect. But then you get a glimpse of the Kingdom and you are struck by one glaring fact:

It looks different. Very different. Upside-down different, really. Continue Reading…

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FOR YOU LOVED ME FIRST

I sought You.

With tears, I sought You.

And I found You–

Or rather I was found by You.

My seeking was Your seeking,

For You loved me first.  Continue Reading…

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There are a few scriptures I know all too well from personal experience. Romans 7:18 is one of them:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. (ESV)

Of course, I don’t dwell on this fact. Morbid sin-consciousness is neither the goal nor the result of the gospel. But walking in the light has a way of exposing what is dark in you. To “know thyself” is not always as pleasant as the humanists make it out to be.  Continue Reading…

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In all my life as a Christian, the most valuable practice I have learned is how to turn to the Lord.

“Turn to the Lord.” It sounds so cliche, doesn’t it? If you’ve grown up around Christians it probably does. But somewhere, sometime, this phrase meant something to someone, and the fact that it’s been made cliche doesn’t really matter. What matters is the experience.

Do you know how to turn to the Lord? The very idea presupposes that you are aware of the indwelling Christ, or else what would you be turning to? Continue Reading…

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I recently had an email conversation with a brother who shared some valuable insights with me concerning the Church, God’s purpose, and where it all may be heading in our day.

We were talking about certain messengers of the Cross and various movements which have arisen over the past century… pioneers who opened wide a vision of God’s eternal purpose which multitudes of people are now catching sight of, if only second-hand.  Continue Reading…

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Yesterday I ran into a friend who had recently begun her first semester in seminary (both the friend and the seminary shall remain nameless).

My friend is a woman, and a bit of an egalitarian; the seminary in question is neither.

As we talked I found out she had already quit school. Why? Because she was quickly overwhelmed by the institution’s male-dominated ethos. She was even kicked out of one class because she, being a woman, was “not qualified” to fulfill the duties (pastoral, I assume) for which the class was offered! So she quit. Continue Reading…