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A few years back I read an unusual news story about a fellow named Walter Williams, an elderly man who passed away under hospice care. The county coroner checked his pulse, found nothing, and declared him dead. He completed his paperwork, placed the dead man in a body bag, and transported him to a local funeral home where he helped the mortician place the body on the table for a normal...

One of the most helpful books I’ve read on Christian apologetics (i.e., defending the faith) is Gregory Koukl’s Tactics. The book’s back-cover promise reads: “Tactics teaches you how to maneuver comfortably and graciously as you share your faith with others. Learn how to navigate the mine fields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get...

Each summer, the elders supply a selection of recommended books that connect with our sermon series—an implicit encouragement to take advantage of the extra leisure of summer to cultivate our minds and nurture our faith with some good reading. Today, you’ll find a dozen excellent titles for sale on the table in the lobby. Here’s a brief word about why each might be worth considering for your...

Surveys tell us that the tall sweep of McDonalds’ golden arches is the most recognized logo in the world. Another is the smooth curve of Nike’s fattened checkmark, aka, “the swoosh.” Fast rising to the elite level of these two is that alluring silver piece of fruit with a single leaf and a missing bite (hint: not Microsoft). And then there’s the iconic five interlocking rings of the Olympics,...

Reading through 2 Samuel in my personal devotions, I was struck by the comparisons between David and Jesus in 2 Samuel 15. Absalom, David’s beloved son, has betrayed his father’s trust. He has stolen away the hearts of many in Israel, and he is coming to Jerusalem with plans to overthrow David and take the throne for himself. In haste, a brokenhearted David gathers up his household and flees...

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was reminded one day of a vicious deed that someone had done to her years before; but she acted as if she had never heard of the incident. “Don’t you remember it?” her friend asked. “No,” came Barton’s reply, “I distinctly remember forgetting it.”

The Apostle Peter assumes the need for such an attitude in the church when he writes: “Above...

It’s time.

We’ve prayed over it, analyzed it, discussed it, edited it, paid a professional to review it, and edited it some more. Now it’s finally time to vote on it. Several weeks ago, the elders made a motion that the congregation affirm the new Constitution as published on April 24, to go into effect July 1, 2016. This afternoon at the church luncheon, we’ll vote.

As we move...

“Love ceases to be a demon only when it ceases to be a god.” (C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, quoting Denis de Rougemont)

Lewis goes on to explain: “Every human love at its height has a tendency to claim for itself a divine authority. Its voice tends to sound as if it were the will of God Himself. It tells us not to count the cost, it demands of us a total commitment, it attempts...

Remember when church buildings had a cemetery right outside? It’s not so common these days, but many churches from a generation or two ago still have an old graveyard out back. When I was in college, I remember visiting an old church in New England one Sunday morning and meeting a wonderful elderly lady after the service. I almost jumped out of my skin a few minutes later when I spotted her...

J. I. Packer will turn 90 in July. (And so, by the way, will our own Ralph Whitlock!) Most who are familiar with Packer know him through his writing ministry, which totals 300+ books, journal articles, book reviews, and other published works spanning six decades. Perhaps his most popular work is the modern-day classic Knowing God, which I strongly encourage you to read ASAP, if you’ve...

Satan’s greatest physical weapon is not recession, bankruptcy, terrorism, or disease. It’s death. Death is our greatest enemy, and the Bible indicates that every one of us fears it, at least to some degree: “Only in this way could Jesus set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hb 2:15 NLT). Death destroys our body and terminates our earthly hopes and joys.

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Zechariah 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Five hundred years after Zechariah penned this prophecy of Israel’s coming king, Jesus deliberately and self...

Jerry Bridges, an author whose books I have recommended to counselees and church members more often than any other, died last Sunday at age 86. As Christianity Today put it, his “pursuit of holiness has come to an end.”

Along with tens of thousands of other people, I was first introduced to Bridges’ writing through his outstanding book The Pursuit of Holiness (which...

I’m sure you’ve seen the bumper sticker: “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” And everyone over 40 chuckles and nods sympathetically. (Parents of small children would smile and nod too, except they don’t have any mental energy to spare on bumper stickers.)

That little quip isn’t only true experientially. It’s also true theologically. The Bible teaches very clearly that...

Proverbs 22:13 furnishes us with profound insight about how our mind-heart connection works, but you have to look carefully to see it. It reads like this: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’”

Notice anything odd about that verse? Hint: it’s in the speaker, not his speech. Whom would you expect to protest about a lion in the streets and use...

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