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Ashamed I Hear My Mocking Voice Call Out Among the Scoffers...
We typically think that the Palm Sunday crowd is the same group of people as the Good Friday crowd. Which crowd do you think you would have been in?Keep Reading
Is Silence Really Complicity?
Many people have an impulse these days to rise up and do something about what’s happening in the world. But often, we are unaware what we can or should do about a given issue. Few of us are actually in a position to change something or make a difference on global, social issues, but we know intuitively that doesn’t mean we should just sit back and do nothing. So what should we do? What can we do?Keep Reading
Don’t Quarrel Over Opinions
We are not the first generation to feel very strongly and passionately about our issues. But it sure seems that the political and cultural climate of our day has created an atmosphere of intense “convictions” over things that should engender far more discussion than the knee-jerk cancellations that are the new normal. But the fact that the Bible does not directly tell us what to do on some things should help us keep our position in its proper place. When we do that, unity will be preserved and the gospel will enjoy a place at the center of Christian fellowship, where it belongs.Keep Reading
Unprecedented Oil Prices Seen Through the Lens of a God Whose Providence is His Precedent
Perhaps like many of you, I swallowed hard and felt sick to my stomach a few times yesterday as I learned that the benchmark price for crude oil fell below zero for the first time in history. As I scanned the news feeds and listened to news media, a common word was used…”Unprecedented…Unprecedented…Unprecedented”. For residents of the oil rich Permian Basin, as if it were not already fearful enough that oil prices fell below zero, somehow it made it all the worse to hear that this is unprecedented! As I was praying for you yesterday, particularly for those whose vocation is in oil and gas, as well as for the rest of us who will be affected by the ripple effects of how this will impact our local economy, I sensed the Holy Spirit calling me to face my fears about the reality of unprecedented oil prices by fixing my eyes on an even greater reality.Keep Reading