Two men at prayer

Mack Stiles, businessman in Dubai, tells this story when sharing the gospel in a Muslim context: Two men went to the mosque to pray. One was a rich man, the other a poor man. The rich man went through his libations and prayers as he did five times a day. As he was praying, he began to... Continue Reading →

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It is not the end, but it is the road.

In 1521 Martin Luther wrote: This life, therefore, is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet... Continue Reading →

Confession beneath the Cross

Preparing to preach on confession of sin, centering on Proverbs 28:13 - "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." In preparation, I returned to that rich little classic, Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Two of his insights into confession and community: 1) Without confession of sins, there is... Continue Reading →

That organ containing delusions

From Leif Enger's excellent Peace Like a River: I began to weep...weeping seems to accompany repentance most times. No wonder. Could you reach deep in yourself to locate that organ containing delusions about your general size in the world - could you lay hold of this and dredge it from your chest and look it... Continue Reading →

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