Think About It Archive

Love God and do as you please?

April 25, 2019

Love God and do as you please? What do you think of such a statement? Outrageous? The first time I heard those words the “scorekeeper” in me rose up to say “No, that is an insult to grace and the cross as well as an invitation to licentiousness! That can’t be right.” This of course,…

Does art really imitate life?

April 18, 2019

Does art really imitate life? In many ways it does. In fact, though we now may not focus so much on what we perceive our needs to be, (especially since finding them met in Christ), we need to remember that people who have yet to follow Christ have those same basic needs and we are not…

How can I make Easter better… for someone else?

April 11, 2019

How can I make Easter better . . .  for someone else? Let’s start by putting the proverbial “shoe on the other foot.” Pretend you are a guest. You were once. Remember the feel? Awwkwaard. It can be. It’s normal for people to feel a little nervous coming into unfamiliar turf and in the presence of perfect strangers. Well, it…

I’m trying to join a Peewee Baseball team.

April 4, 2019

I’m trying to join a Peewee Baseball team. I’m still not sure if they will count my age against me, but to my defense, my speed and skill level has pretty much degenerated to the level of an 8 year old. A slow 8 year old. Like I was in the day. So, you ask, why…

Is sin a private matter?

March 28, 2019

Is sin a private matter? I’m sure we’d all like it to be but unfortunately, that’s not the case.If King David were to know 3000 years later we’d be reading the record we have at our disposal from 2 Samuel 11 and 12, he might still wince at therecounting of his transgressions. You’d think with the news…

We have a constant tendency to stop remembering the cross…

March 21, 2019

We have a constant tendency to stop remembering the cross . . . . and to start depending on legalism and self-effort to make our way in life. It’s natural, not supernatural as in “God-inspired.” Just natural, reverting to the old pathways which lead us away from God’s transforming embrace instead of towards Him. The cross should…

I am “who” says I am?

March 14, 2019

I am who “who” says I am? Granted, we enthusiastically sing the lyrics “I am who You say I am,” but who is the “who” you really default to when you don’t act or feel like God’s child . . .  when the enemy and the power of sin and memories of past failures rail against your faith and your identity in Christ?…

When Jesus was saying “goodbye until I see you again…”

March 5, 2019

When Jesus was saying “goodbye until I see you again,” he gave some comforting and reassuring words which John recorded in his gospel at John 14:26. He said “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Jesus…

Do “Spirit-controlled” Christians still sin?

February 28, 2019

Do “Spirit-controlled” Christians still sin? The short answer is yes, but not while they are “controlled” by the Holy Spirit. That’s precisely why the Apostle Paul prescribes in Ephesians 5:18 that we be “filled with the Spirit.” The verb tense Paul elects to use is that of a pursuit to be continuously filled, not simply a “one and done” filling. Now…

“And such were some of you.”

February 21, 2019

“And such were some of you,” the Apostle Paul goes on to say after listing a litany of sins that were present in his day and ours. Then he goes on to proclaim the good news “but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor.…

Jesus pulled no punches in his speeches to recruit disciples

February 14, 2019

Jesus pulled no punches in his speeches to recruit disciples. How are these for examples? To the man who said, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father,“ Jesus responded without a heaping dose of empathy saying, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Lk. 9:59-60) When another prospective disciple…

Jesus was called “A friend of sinners.” Am I?

February 7, 2019

Jesus was called “A friend of sinners.” Am I? For that matter, are you? Just look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:18-19 that say “For John (the Baptist) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and…