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The First Word: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

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It makes sense that the first word of Jesus from the cross is a word of forgiveness. That’s the point of the cross, after all. Jesus is dying so that we might […]

Americans on Sin, Part 3

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

So far I’ve put up two posts (#1 and #2) on the recent Ellison Research study of American views of sin. Today I’ll wrap up with a few more observations.
Differences According to Religious Perspectives
Ellison distinguished different views on sin according to one’s religious perspective (Born Again; Not Born Again; Evangelical; Not Evangelical; Attend Protestant Worship; […]

Americans on Sin, Part 2

Friday, March 14th, 2008

In my last post I noted new survey results released by Ellison Research of Phoenix, Arizona. Ellison studied American views of sin (or something rather like sin, at any rate; see my last post for the distinction). I’m not going to go over the results here. You can find them at the Ellison Research website. […]

Americans on Sin

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Ellison Research has just released a fascinating study of American views of sin. There is much to chew on in this study. Lots of grist for sermon mills, Bible studies, and cultural reflection. I’ll put some of my impressions of what this study found, but first I want to lay out a few details about […]

Chuck Colson Visits on His Blog Tour

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Welcome, Chuck, to I’m pleased to be able to interact with you about your fine new book The Faith. In case you missed it, I put up a positive review of your book yesterday. Now, on to the dialogue.
My Question for Chuck on The Faith
Chuck, thanks for this concise and compelling summary of […]

Chuck Colson’s Blog Tour: Seventh Stop

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett have just published a new book: The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters (Zondervan, 2008). In order to promote this book, Chuck Colson is doing a “blog tour,” in which he “visits” nine different blogs, responding to a question from the host blogger and […]

First Signs of Spring

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I love spring. There’s something about the reawakening of nature that sparks a reawakening in my own soul.
When I lived in New England during my college and grad school days, I loved watching for the first signs of spring. Somewhere along in March the tiniest buds would being to appear on the trees. But the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Trouble Brewing
READ Genesis 25:19-28
Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Genesis 25:28
Once again, the blunt honesty of the biblical text commands our attention. Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. While Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob, Rebekah preferred Jacob, who was a […]

Another Lenten Special

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I put up a post on the commercialization of Lent. I was surprised by a sign for a restaurant that advertised a Lenten special. I don’t recall ever seeing such a thing in California. At least there weren’t Lenten specials in Irvine, as near as I can remember.
I received a […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section A

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Part 2 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit?
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As I explained yesterday, strategic planning can be perilous for Christians and Christian organizations. It can be a time to project our personal goals onto God. And once we have our goals, they can […]

Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? An Introduction

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Can we make plans and formulate goals and still leave room for the Holy Spirit?
Should churches and other Christian organizations have formalized processes for clarifying vision and setting goals?
Can the Spirit of God speak to us in the midst of a goal-setting process? If so, how?
What can we do to let God guide our strategic […]

When Your Prayer Doesn’t Come Out Quite Right

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

I recently received the following blog comment from Mark Goodyear of
Interesting series, Mark. Funny side story. My brother in law was the chaplain in his high school in the early 1990s. He was elected after a farcical Ferris Bueller style campaign.
At the first football game, he wanted to avoid the Jesus problem. And the […]

Strange Book Bedfellows, Part 4

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

A few days ago I put up a post that responded to an unfortunate email promotion from Because my books have been purchased by people who also purchased the excellent Christian books by Don Williams, the computer figured that buyers of my books would also be interested in a sexually-perverse book by another […]

Okay, Now I’m Getting Bugged . . . [Strange Book Bedfellows, Part 3]

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Last Thursday I blogged on a email promotion from to folks who had bought my books. Amazon was urging my readers to buy a book by Don Williams on sexual threesomes. No joke! I wasn’t scandalized by this, but was a bit bugged and a bit amused. It was a bit ironic. I wrote […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

God Is With You
READ Genesis 21:22-34
About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said.
Genesis 21:22
Abimelech, king of Gerar, appears for the second time in Genesis. In Chapter 20, he was delivered by God’s intervention after Abraham deceived […]
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