The Joy that Leads Us On

Dear friends and family, It’s such a satisfying experience to have worked so hard towards a goal, to struggle through the last stages, and then see the job completed. Hard work – be it with a sledge hammer, writing a book, or making a special dinner – requires so much energy and effort, one might […]

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Thanking the Giver

What is Thanksgiving about? Thanksgiving is relatively unknown outside of the United States and Canada. Many curious friends of mine in Bolivia ask me why Thanksgiving is celebrated. In the last couple days I’ve told the story a few times – how God protected the first Europeans who landed on American soil, fleeing religious intolerance only to find […]

Audio Sermon: John 21 – You Follow Me!

The following sermon is one I gave at my home church, North Lynnwood Bible Chapel on John 21 – a passage that closes out the Gospels and sheds light on an important, life-changing event between Peter and Jesus.   John 21: You Follow Me! – July 27, 2014 You can find the rest of my sermons from the past […]

The True Warrior

I love sports – the grit, the passion, and the dedication it takes to succeed is truly remarkable. To recognize the relentless drive to achieve a glittering trophy, the final push beyond oneself to reach for the gold, and the subsequent heart-felt weeping of them who fail. For all the admiration and fame it receives, […]

The Pit, the Pendulum, and the “Logos” (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: John 1. I wish to briefly reference both Edgar A. Poe and Plato today, that they may help us grasp the meaning of the Apostle John in John 1.  The verses of particular importance here are in John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word […]

The God of the Improbable (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-3. (Context: Abram, previous to his later name change, is called-out by God to be the father of the world’s most important and impressive people group, the Jews.) Throughout Genesis, the chronology is both fast-forwarded and very broad. Names and places, events and natural disasters fly by at break-back speed. The time slows and the […]

The Pursuit of Truth

I have seen men old and young, men of old and men of now–slaves to doubt, chained by reason. Is life a sick experiment–has nature formed us to deceive and break us? Or are we breaking ourselves with our own thoughts and passions? Is our hope of life, a fulfilled life, simply a vanishing hope […]