The Influence of a Father’s Prayer Life

Scottish pioneer missionary John G. Paton reflecting on the influence of his father’s life of earnest, secret prayer: The “closet” was a very small apartment betwixt the other two [rooms of the house], having room only for a bed, a little table, and a chair, with a diminutive window shedding diminutive light on the scene.  … More The Influence of a Father’s Prayer Life

Jesus and Disclaimers

As I’ve studied and preached on the radical words of Jesus in the Gospels, I’ve found myself unable to escape one striking observation: Jesus does not give disclaimers. We hear “Take up your cross daily,” “Hate your father and mother,” “Gouge out your eye and hack off your hand,” and “Eat my flesh and drink my … More Jesus and Disclaimers

Holiness and Mission

Here’s a hodge-podge of thoughts on holiness and mission as a follow-up and expansion of the last post and a response to several of the comments.  If I had time to organize these into a cohesive, flowing argument, I would try.  But late-July is not the time for a TMC Student-Lifer to be writing treatises.  I … More Holiness and Mission

When the Pendulum Swings

The pendulum of evangelicalism is swinging again (not a news flash).  It has been for some time now.  Everyone is talking about the nature and degree of the church’s responsibility to engage with culture.  Some of the buzzwords are “culture,” “relevance,” and “contextualization.”  Some of the hot button verses are Acts 17 and 1 Corinthians 9.  … More When the Pendulum Swings

Judah’s First Year

One year ago today, Judah arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with Cindi after a 19-month adoption process.  From the first hours to the first week to the court appearance that made everything official to his second birthday, we have enjoyed a year of God’s obvious and relentless blessing. I just spent some time reading over some … More Judah’s First Year

St. Louis, Missouri

After traveling together in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Uganda, and the States, Cindi and I have realized that our best vacations (the ones where we are most personally and maritally refreshed) are when we take short trips to new places and spend full days exploring.  We find cheap hotels, patch together transportation, see the major sights and attractions, … More St. Louis, Missouri

Our Invincible Inheritance

The apostle Peter was not shy theologically.  In 1 Peter 1:3-5, writing to intensely suffering Christians, he paints an enviable picture of the invincibility of our inheritance in Christ.  He describes our inheritance in a multitude of ways in these three verses, but there is one particular string that stands out for its staccato structure of phrases describing the … More Our Invincible Inheritance

Pray for Steven Curtis Chapman’s Family

From Steven Curtis Chapman’s official website: NASHVILLE, TN – 5/21/08 – At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman, was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN.  Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens’ … More Pray for Steven Curtis Chapman’s Family

Judah Walking

Here’s a short video of Judah walking towards Cindi during the orphanage’s daily family time on the lawn.  This was on Wednesday, April 4.  We think he looks like a baby gorilla walking — stable enough to move well but unstable enough to be cute and wobbly.  Kids are great.