June 21, 2017

“If we could view all of their (our children)sinful behaviors as precious opportunities to teach them then we would be far more righteous in our training. We would be joyful and eager all the time rather than angry and frustrated.”


June 13, 2017

“Constructive honesty requires us to know the difference between what we think or feel and what we should share.” – Winston Smith


June 1, 2017

“Worriers are visionaries minus the optimism.” – Ed Welch, Running Scared


May 31, 2017

“Remember–every hunger that entices us in the flesh is an exploitation of a need that can be better met by God.”

Thank You

May 29, 2017

This Memorial Day, we honor the American soldiers who gave their lives in defense of their country.
To see it broken down is melancholic and sobering:
4,435 Americans died in the American Revolution
2,260 Americans died in the War of 1812
750,000 Americans died in the Civil War
116,516 Americans died in World War I
402,399 Americans died in World War II
36,574 Americans died in the Korean War
58,220 Americans died in the Vietnam War
383 Americans died in the Persian Gulf
4,486 Americans died in the Iraq War
2,345 Americans died fighting in Afghanistan.
As of 2017, a rough total of 1,366,618 Americans have died in large scale conflicts protecting freedom. Thousands more have died to safeguard democracy during peacetime.
The phrase “Thank You” is simply not enough to accurately express the gratitude the United States owes each of its fallen soldiers and their families.
At the end of the day, soldiers, not reporters, safeguard freedom of the press.

Soldiers, not politicians, safeguard the freedom of speech.

Soldiers, not lawyers, safeguard the right to a fair trail.

And soldiers, not activists, safeguard the freedom to protest peacefully.
Happy Memorial Day; do not forget what this day is about.

Theology of the Home

May 29, 2017

This side of heaven, home should be a place where faith, hope, and love flourish. Faith in the sure work of Christ crucified and resurrected. Hope in the power of the gospel to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. And love for a triune God whose glory and beauty knows no end.–Ligoner Ministries

Quote of the Day

May 19, 2017

“Sin is a plague, yea, the greatest and most infectious plague in the world; and yet, ah! how few are there that tremble at it, that keep at a distance from it!” —Thomas Brooks

Work or Not to Work

May 17, 2017

From a former missionary friend of mine:
Being spurred on recently by my kids, I’ve been taking a fresh look at a number of things including time management. It seems that church planting, evangelism, discipleship, and “one anothering” are greatly effected by the prevailing culture’s attitudes toward work, time, and community. Consequently in modern society our credibility and effectiveness as stewards of the gospel of the kingdom seem to be greatly at risk.
If it was a simple matter of just managing your own time well, it would be great, but interactions and relationships with other people are greatly impeded by what Francis Schaeffer identified as the predominant pathologies of modernism: fragmentation, separation, alienation, and isolation.
There are a host of factors that contribute to modern alienation, but it seems that the movement from agrarian economies to industrialized economies in the western world fostered changes in thinking about time and work that would progressively fragment and alienate.
Today I read an interesting article on mercantilism that provides some insight into the thoughts and forces that were at play in the late pre-modern and early modern eras.

Quote of the Day

May 17, 2017

I am convinced that if we want more evangelism, more prayer, more fruitfulness, more holiness, we will not get there unless we start by drinking more deeply and more fully from the fountain that is Christ.–DeYoung

Quote and Prayer

May 17, 2017

I hope and pray that I can be found faithful in this: “Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord.”—Walter Cradock