Would we not give earth’s fairest toys away?

Some words to pause amid life’s fleeting pursuits,and reflect beyond the grave. Sometimes amid the hurry, toil and strife, The claims, the urgencies, the whirl of life; The soul, perhaps in silence of the night — Has flashes — transient intervals of light. When things to come, without a shade of doubt. In terrible reality […]

6 helpful principles of communication

This morning I asked Joe, one of our pastors, a question about how to disagree and critique each other in the right spirit of truth and love (in an online blogging context). He replied with the following six principles of biblical communication: Do I have the facts right? Prov. 18:13 Is this significant enough to talk […]

John Newton’s most (not) famous hymn, frowning providence and my sin

Just came back from young adults bible study, where among other things Joe pointed out that one of the reasons God brings trials into our life is to reveal our sins, so that we might put our trust in God, and grow in faith and love and purity. I needed this reminder several times over […]

On nursery walls and foundations

  I write this as I take a break from redoing the walls of our baby room. And as I write this, Cheryl is busy planning her hospital bag, and Baby is tickling her from the inside. When I was young, to my shame I paid little attention during most of my dad’s attempts to include […]

Why should we expect to emerge unscathed?

I read this quote the other day: “Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good […]

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