What is Greatness?
Jun15

What is Greatness?

  I don’t know about you, but when I gaze into the heavens, and when I survey the earth and the nature therein, I’m brought to my knees in awe at the wonders of God’s artistry!  No human can deny that there is an awe and majesty to our universe.  It’s simply dumbfounding.  Sadly, however, I have to confess that my response to such encounters with beauty, and the realizations that follow, do not always lead me to a life lived...

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Be Still, and Know that I am God
Jun08

Be Still, and Know that I am God

The prophet Habakkuk charged the nation of Judah, and all the earth to be silent before the LORD, resident in his holy temple (Hab 2:20). The context of Habakkuk’s message was the imminent destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophet’s admonition still has currency for the people of God today, as the nations continue to rage against God and each other. As we hush before the Lord in his holy...

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1 John 3:1-2

Why don’t people recognize us? Why don’t they see with true eyes? Why, we as sons, drink their spite and Why, daughters, listen to lies?   The world and its spies doesn’t know us The world, all its hype, doesn’t see The world, in it’s cr…., never welcomes As long as they slander our King.   But we are the sons, we’re the daughters E’en we, eyes in shroud, cannot see What we will become,...

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1 John 3:1
May30

1 John 3:1

Open your eyes, awaken and see Gift lavished: Father’s great love How is this love? Why is it grand? Simply by calling us sons, Daughters, He names us. And that we are. Children of...

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Paul’s Palindrome: Philippians 1:1-2, 3:7-8
May24

Paul’s Palindrome: Philippians 1:1-2, 3:7-8

Grace and peace unto you, for pleasure and joy came – each and every kindness of gifts. Favor’s harmonies head your trails. considered it all as nothing just to know you more. more, you know.  To just … nothing.  As all it considered trails your head – harmony’s favors. Gifts of kindness, every and each came – joy and pleasure for you unto peace, and...

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My Worth is Not My Own
May18

My Worth is Not My Own

One of the greatest struggles we each face is the search for significance. Our 21st-century sense of identity is grounded in individualism, self-entitlement, and narcissism. From whom we marry to what career choice we make to what church we attend to what we think of church music, every choice is geared around what these things do for us. This attitude of consumerism is one of the most prevalent idols in Western culture and has become...

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John 1:1-14
May16

John 1:1-14

The Word. The Word’s how it all began. The Word was. The Word is. The Word will come, for the Word is what he is. He was God & with God before it began.   All of it was made through him. Everything. Nothing, seen or unseen, came about without him, for in the Word was life.    Deep within him life sourced forth to radiate into the world as glorious light. This thickened, brightened light exposed darkness And Darkness cannot...

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Artistic Expression in World Evangelization
May11

Artistic Expression in World Evangelization

When an entire village of Bolivian Indian ranch workers came to the Lord awhile ago, some missionary friends of mine were faced with very big questions. What do we do with this entire village of people that now know the Lord as Savior?  In what ways do they worship?  How do we teach them to study the Bible when most of them don’t read? And when they have no Bible-base music in their own heart-expressions, what do we suggest they...

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Psalm 6
Apr11

Psalm 6

High King, I know you’re pissed, but PLEASE don’t yell… Don’t punish me wrathfully, they already did! HAVE MERCY!  I’m fainting, I’m fading my Lord; My bones are broken!  Heal, or I’ll die! My soul groans in agony, “How long, O Lord?” Turn back for me, King, to deliver me clean Rescue my life by your conquering Love I can’t remember you, if I should die How will anyone bring...

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Psalm 5
Apr04

Psalm 5

A painter once gave his ear to his love give Yours to my words O Lord. Grant me the chance to sigh Listen for my helpless calling, crying “My King! My God!” To You I speak this eve pre-noon, I wake, I see the sun Lord, You overhear me, my first sound I stir. My voice unveils my needs To You. And there I linger, eager, serene expecting… You really don’t enjoy evil, do you? Wicked live nowhere near you,...

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Listening
Mar30

Listening

One of the most valuable (yet most difficult to practice) skills I have developed as a writer is to listen. The act of listening is hard. It takes a lot of self-control. It means squelching the arguments and justifications that jump readily to mind when someone is dissecting or critiquing my work. This is because listening requires  the most strenuous of all virtues: humility. Humility says, “This thing I have created is very dear to...

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Psalm 4

Respond… Respond to me when I send for you,    You, my right god Release the pressure, ease the stress   Grant mercy to this, my prayer.   When, men, will you cease forming honor into shame?    How long to love lies and know other lovers?   Know the Lord saves the godly for him   His ears tune into my voice.   In your anger, don’t you sin;    While on your bed, when lights are dimmed    See you heart’s...

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Effective Evangelism Needs Artistic Expression

Evangelism that works is more than just spewing ‘correct’ biblical information; correct?  (Things like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 & 10, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8.)  Certainly, the objective realities of these revealed truths must be present.  But their presence does not guarantee that the one(s) being evangelized will come to faith. Effective evangelism needs artistic expression:  the imaginative rearrangement of human metaphors, symbols...

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A Theology for the Depressed Creative
Mar02

A Theology for the Depressed Creative

  One of the great things about a blog is that sometimes you can share your own personal deep, dark secrets with your readers.  I don’t have any deep and dark secrets to share today, but I do have a struggle.  Those who know me know that when I was 17 years old, I was filled with suicidal thoughts and experienced long drawn-out seasons of deep, dark depression and loneliness.  At that point in my life, I wanted nothing to with...

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Feb22

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. We don’t often see the dangers that lie in front of us, and this humorous graphic reminds us to Dive in Prayer, lest we Dive into Danger. Give this comic away to someone...

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Comics for Faith and Culture
Feb15

Comics for Faith and Culture

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. God’s creation reminds us not only of his goodness and love but also of his sound judgments. Whether people acknowledge God or not, God still “reigns.” This...

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