In Genesis 24 we read the account of Abraham’s commission to his eldest servant. We’re told in an earlier passage that Abraham had three hundred eighteen “trained servants, born in his own house” (Genesis 14:14). If his eldest servant is any indication, it’s perhaps better to understand Abraham’s training as “raising,” or “nurturing” because we … Continue reading Stubborn Faith
We have a dog named Dawson. He’s a full-blooded Rottweiler and at 6 months old, he’s already almost as big as our other adult dogs. He’s going to be a big boy. He also loves ants. We live out in the country and every now and then we’ll get a big black ant that finds … Continue reading Let none escape
One day at work two of my co-workers, I’ll call them “Joe” and “Fred,” came to my desk. Out of the blue, Joe asked me: “Hey, Glenn, wanna hear a dirty joke?” I told him, “No.” It was what Joe expected me to say, but what intrigued me was the exchange that happened between Joe … Continue reading Under the Magnifying Glass
Like the scorner, many well-meaning truth-seekers bring prejudices and preconceived notions to their reading of the Bible. They have too much junk in the way.
And they set the ark of God upon a new cart…. (2 Samuel 6:3a) David’s heart was in the right place. He wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. So, he put the Ark on a new cart, purpose-built for the sacred duty of moving it to its proper home. It was … Continue reading Monday Musings: God of the Means as Well of the Motives
Brackish water is no good for drinking. A church with a brackish testimony is good for even less.
Too many churches live in the brilliance of their past.
Church discipline is never a pleasant thing. It weighs heavily on the hearts of church leadership and it is uncomfortable for a church body to endure. That’s by design. It isn’t meant to be pleasant. It is corrective (Proverbs 22:10) and instructive (Proverbs 21:11). Unpleasant as it is, when it is not carried out, the … Continue reading Thyatira: A Church in Compromise
Preaching against worldliness may be passé in the modern church but with Christ, it has never gone out of style.