A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

I live in the Portland, Oregon area where the ideals of tolerance and acceptance are widespread. You will be tolerated and accepted as long as you tolerate and accept everyone else. Therefore, the vast majority of this city will tolerate and accept those who think just like them. Wow. How open-minded. One way this tolerance […]

In having discussions about the role of government in balancing privacy and security issues, a quote often comes up that is mentioned in a derogatory way: “If you haven’t done anything illegal, what do you have to hide?” That’s an overly simplistic question about a rather complicated issue and, I think, it doesn’t take into […]

The moment is still vivid in my memory because it crystallized a truth of Scripture for me so many years ago. I was sitting in a college classroom with about fifteen other students and the professor in a circle of desks. The class was called “Science & Religion” (as if we need higher education to […]

Sometimes we get so full of ourselves about what we have achieved or who we have become that it clouds our thinking about how we should act. During the last gathering before Jesus was arrested, there was a lot of conversation and bravado about who would end up where, who would betray, and who would […]

Is lying ever justified? The knee-jerk reaction is to say, “Of course not.” But, we say that when considering the question in a vacuum. If nothing else pertains to the situation, is lying ever justified? No. However, consider a scenario where a man stands at your door with a gun in your face asking if […]

You could have endless debates about the right approach to encouraging growth in kids. Do you set a high standard and expect them to achieve it? Or, do you bring them along gently, offering help all along the way? The former approach might break some kids who simply can’t meet the standard. The latter might […]

Anyone who has played organized team sports knows the empowering feeling of being on a team. You leave the locker room knowing you all have a job to do and, if you all do your job, you’ll win. There’s confidence in being shoulder to shoulder with someone dedicated to the same goal. When I was […]

I have no doubt that the levees in New Orleans of several years ago looked impressive. They were far taller than the water level of the lake they held back. Years and years of teenagers probably goofed off on and around the levees. They probably felt very sturdy. Nobody was worried. Then, in August of […]

In my Bible, there’s a title inserted before this passage: A Word to Husbands “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 “with understanding” Give a […]

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 A nice sign off. A polite ending to a letter with some ups and downs. A boilerplate wrap-up. I don’t think so. I don’t think Paul wrote any […]

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