Our culture goes two opposite directions on life after death. Both are a long way from Christian faith and hope. On the one hand we have sentimental universalism. It can be the soft-focus flowers and clouds of greeting card theology, trying to comfort the grieving. It can be stories of near death experiences in the […]
What Do You Hope For? Three Promises In Christ’s Resurrection
Years ago, when I was a pastor, I stood with a family who had lost a loved one — a husband, father, and grandfather. His widow, whom I’d not previously met, was overwhelmed. She hardly spoke in the week I saw her, so wracked she was by the pain of grief. It is hardly surprising. […]
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Heidelberg Catechism and the Law of God
You see someone looking in the mirror. Looking. Looking. What is he thinking? Better still, what are you thinking? Too much attention to his reflection — easy to suppose he likes what he sees. We mock the self-absorption of mythical Narcissus, falling in love with his reflection in a pond. But we also fear what […]
The Last Word in Prayer: Amen!
Let’s just admit right now that, over time, clichés start to creep into the conversation of active Christians. Just a few. The early Christian Rock musician Larry Norman had a great little schtick on this. He has the zealous Christian trying to share his faith with a friend. They guy has no clue what “washed […]
Whose Kingdom? Whose Power? Whose Glory?
Martin Luther wrote on the Lord’s Prayer. A lot — it was his favorite guide to a richer prayer life, as I recently wrote in a guest post on Anita Mathias’ blog, and as I spent a chapter exploring in my book, Kneeling with Giants. But there is one line of the prayer he never […]
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