Anything: Yielding to an unsafe God

"Then Aslan isn't safe?" asked Lucy."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you." — The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis What might happen if I put my career, my ... Continue reading

Advent: A God who answers

While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a ... Continue reading

These morally hazardous times

Giving Congress a blank check is like throwing red meat to sharks. Giving Congress a blank check and screaming Fire!, as President Obama has been doing, guarantees the worst sort of knee-jerk Congressional response: just throw money at everything and hope that something works.The "change we ... Continue reading

A prayerful inauguration

The verb inaugurate means literally "to practice augury." Happy to clear that up for you.Augury, for those of you who aren't students of classical literature, was the ancient practice of foretelling the future, divining what will come by reading various signs and omens. In Roman times, an augur ... Continue reading

What about healing?

After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon's home, where he found Simon's mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. "Please heal her," everyone begged. Standing at her bedside, he spoke to the fever, rebuking it, and immediately her temperature returned to normal. She got up at once ... Continue reading

Mark Daniels: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Mark Daniels has written a nice post on the importance of daily Bible reading at Better Living. The moment you turn from sin and believe in Jesus Christ, you are part of God’s kingdom. But growing up in the faith, living in the confidence that God willingly gives His children, being able to face ... Continue reading

Oh, Africa!

Linea is a dentist who has spent a great deal of her "free" time in the Congo providing medical care and training. She goes because she can, and because she feels she must—God has given her a compassionate heart for the poor, and a vision that extends beyond the borders of her own country.The ... Continue reading

Richness in prayer

I want to recommend a very fine essay by Chris, the Desert Pastor, called The Tempering of Extemporaneous Prayer. As an evanglical who attended a fairly non-liturgical church, I was taught that prayer is simply a conversation with God—speaking your mind, saying what is on your heart—and that it is. ... Continue reading