The Story of Uriah, Bathsheba and David (Weekly Word)

I remember being at a church event once and the speaker was talking on the story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11.  The story begins by noting that it was spring, the time when kings go off to war.  But David stayed home.  This, the speaker said, was his first mistake.  It began … Continue reading The Story of Uriah, Bathsheba and David (Weekly Word)

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The Story of Hannah and Samuel (Weekly Word)

Last night at CSF we took some time to read and discuss the story of Hannah from the 1 Samuel.  Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah, a Levite (his being a Levite ought to have us on edge after last week's lesson, but he's a good guy).  Elkanah appears to be wealthy, able … Continue reading The Story of Hannah and Samuel (Weekly Word)

All is Grace

Sometimes I get tired of being a Christian, let alone a pastor. I struggle with doubt: Is God really there or when I pray am I just talking to myself? I struggle with cynicism: American Christianity is really arguing about ______?  Really!? I struggle with feelings of inadequacy: If only I was as talented/gifted/intelligent/personable/etc. as … Continue reading All is Grace

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila's writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  "If you find … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

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I found Albert Mohler making a good point here: "News of the “house of horrors” in Pennsylvania brings prompt moral outrage, and understandably so. But is the abortion clinic on the corner, established for the purpose of killing unborn children, any less a house of horrors. The couple in Australia openly admitted aborting their twin … Continue reading Recent Reads