O Death

The “Three B’s” of my personal musical taste are Bach, Brahms, and Bluegrass (Beethoven is a close fourth), so I was saddened to hear that Ralph Stanley, one of the pioneers of bluegrass, died this week. I had the privilege of hearing Stanley in person when I lived in Logan,

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Seeing With Your Ears, Part I

The life of faith, this side of Jesus’ return, is one of choosing between rival visions. Believers must intentionally focus their sights on some things to the exclusion of others. Paul describes walking “by faith, not by sight” with this contrast: “we look not to the things that are seen

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For Abigail

When my parents shared with my brother and me that they believed God wanted them to have another child, we both nodded with reverent affirmation. “However God is leading,” we agreed. Once we were out of earshot, however, we laughed our heads off. “What was that about?” was our actual

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Trump Appeal: A New Mission Field

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, and unless the polls are wildly inaccurate, Donald Trump will galvanize his lead as the Republican presidential front-runner. Should Trump secure the nomination, he will be the first major-party presidential candidate with no political or military experience since Wendell Willkie ran against FDR in 1940. This

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On (My) Birth

On this day 38 years ago, I was born. I did not have any say in the matter. There was a time I did not exist, a time I did, then a time when I entered the breathing world. Everything provided for me in the months that followed–feeding, changing, medical

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When God Shakes our World

[This is the final article that parallels the Prayer and Fasting Guide through Daniel: Wisdom, Courage, and Vision under God’s Eternal Kingdom.] Throughout the book of Daniel, God communicates with shocking images: an imposing statue smashed to dust by a stone; a sprawling, fruitful tree chopped down to the stump

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The Ultimate Wise Man

We often talk of Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King. Yet there is another Old Testament role Jesus perfectly embodies, one we have seen in our study of Daniel: wise man. The most explicit reference to this is Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 12:42. “The queen of the South will rise

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