• Christmas,  Musings

    Christmas Sorrow Is Overcome By the Man of Sorrows (Repost)

    The memory plays in my mind with brilliant clarity. It’s too vivid, really, and I’d much prefer the scene to be a bit more muddled, but I am powerless to change that. December 21, 2002. Sixteen years ago. Seventeen Christmases ago. Has it been that long? I was home from college for Christmas break. It was early afternoon and my mother had just stepped into my room to tell me that my grandfather had come out of his surgery just fine. He and my grandmother would be staying in Wisconsin for Christmas, due to the fact that Grandpa just had another stent placed. Thrilled to hear he was doing well,…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Musings

    Sibling Status Means Something

    For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in…

  • Musings

    A Life Exhausted for Jesus

    The Lord does not promise us a long life. Nor does He promise us a life free from trials. What He does promise His children is a life of abundance (John 10:10), both on this fallen earth, and exponentially more in the next life. Our abundant life in this temporal realm may not be marked by riches, fame, or ease, but, for those who belong to Him, there is joy in the mundane, and even joy in the trials. We Christians have this joy because of the eternal inheritance that is ours in Jesus Christ. It seems we often fail to fully experience and appreciate this joy, though. The trials…

  • Musings

    Memorial Poppies

    May 25 was National Poppy Day here in the US. Perhaps you noticed some veterans in your grocery store this weekend, handing out little paper poppies. If you didn’t, you either did not notice them, or they simply weren’t there because, as has happened in some communities, they weren’t allowed to hand out poppies. I fear both of these scenarios are due to a lack of knowledge of and appreciation for our history. As a child, I remember approaching the veterans and receiving a little red poppy. I’m sure my mother had given me a dollar to put in their bucket as well, but I loved that little poppy and…

  • Musings

    Pray for Jess

    There is a young woman—a wife, a mother, a daughter—whose time on this earth may be cut short, from our human perspective. She, like far too many, is fighting cancer. It has been a long battle. She grows worse each day. I cannot imagine. Such a schedule would weary the strongest of men, but one can nary imagine what this young woman experiences physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Not only is she fighting a physical battle for her own life, she is fighting that same fight for her two young boys. What mother could endure the thought of leaving her children behind, especially at a young age? What woman would be…

  • Musings

    “We Are the Dead”

    It is Memorial Day. You might not even notice. In fact, you may not even read this post until Tuesday or Wednesday, or later, this week. You may be too busy swimming, or gardening, grilling hot dogs, or just plain enjoying a Monday off of work to realize that men and women had to die for you to enjoy a free vacation day. I’m not trying to lecture you or make you feel guilty. I have been longing and looking forward to this three-day weekend as much as anybody! It is not wrong to enjoy the time with friends and family, but we ought not forget why we celebrate Memorial Day…

  • Musings

    Remembering 9/11: Fifteen Years Later, God Is Still Sovereign

    And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (Hebrews 9:27-28) It is appointed unto men once to die. That is it. Just once. One mortal life. One physical death. Appointed. The moment of each man’s death has already been determined by the sovereign God of the universe. No amount of healthy eating, exercise, or avoiding of airplanes can change the day or time of this appointment. Today as we recognize the fifteenth…

  • Musings

    Repost: Sovereignty in Tragedy and Remembering 9/11

    Goodbyes were spoken too quickly, too flippantly, too curtly that day. “I love yous” were mumbled, barely detectable beneath the breath of busyness. “I’m sorrys” and “I forgive yous” were neglected until an evening that never arrived. “Jesus Christ lived the perfect life that you cannot and died that you may live. Repent of your sin and believe upon Him, the only true Lord and Savior”—utterance of these words was postponed until a more convenient day. But that day never came. Fourteen years ago today, millions around the world stood in bewildered astonishment, mouths agape, tears silently rolling, as inconceivable terror and tragedy took aim at a seemingly impenetrable America.…