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40 Thoughts As I Turn 40

40 Thoughts As I Turn 40

This past Sunday was my 40th birthday (which I happen to share also with my 13 year old son, Grant). As a way of reflecting on my long, unbroken track record of unsurpassed mediocrity, here is a list of things I’ve learned, discovered, and experienced, and that I now...
James: Living with Anticipation of His Second Advent

James: Living with Anticipation of His Second Advent

You don’t often think of the Epistle of James as a place to find the themes of Advent, but they are there. If you take time to read the book today (it should take you only 16 minutes), the theme of James is an exhortation of patience through suffering. But, what...
Zechariah: The Promise of a Branch

Zechariah: The Promise of a Branch

Written during the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple after the 70 year exile in Babylon (at the same time of Haggai), the book of Zechariah is a combination of poetry, exhortations, prophetic-apocalyptic visions, and symbolic activity, much of it pointing to the...
Ruth: God of the Ordinary

Ruth: God of the Ordinary

Bethlehem was a buzz. Naomi had returned home!  Years earlier, she had been forced to leave this small town in the land of Judah with her husband and two small boys. Bethlehem, literally meaning “town of bread,” had become a place now where bread was in short supply....