Nine days. For nine days our pet German Shepherd/Retriever mix named Chloe was lost to us. I should've seen it coming, though. We moved from an area in West Palm Beach, Florida that provided more than enough property Chloe to sprint and play and dig (I hated that part). Chloe didn't take well to the sights and sounds and smells of the new place — so much so, that she dug under the fence and scampered off.
My aim is to constantly and consistently bring sinners to this knowledge. To the knowledge of the sinless One who was condemned for them, so that the guilty could go free. To the knowledge of the Life that died for them so that the dead might live.
Twitter's no longer on my phone. Yep, I deleted it. I'm not saying that so you can see how much better I am at self-control than you are. (I know my own heart enough to know for sure that's not the case.)
I was privileged to be a guest on the Dead Men Stuff Podcast recently.
The drum of Scripture continually beats a theme that, unless consciously and carefully observed, will go largely unnoticed. Some portions of the inspired Word speak to this theme louder than others. Others require a vigilant reading between-the-lines interpretation to decipher what the Lord’s telling us. I am, of course, referring to the theme of God’s upside-down economy.
The irony is not lost on me with what I’m going to announce today. Go back twelve months to January 2017 and you'll find an eerily similar piece I wrote about a season of “transitions and change” that Natalie and I were expecting. A new chapter was supposedly opening up for us.
She caught our eye in 2007 on a short-lived network comedy. Then, she broke through with an independent drama in 2010 that earned her national acclaim and attention. She flew into the stratosphere and became the mega-star we know and love with a summer blockbuster in 2012, the success of which she’s likely still riding the coattails. If you didn’t already catch it, I’m referring to Jennifer Lawrence.
I can’t tell you the last time I watched the news — CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or otherwise. The reason for this is twofold. Mostly because my time’s spent on other things or with more important people. But the primary reason is because I don’t have room for the dreadful topics that make up the bulk of the headlines.
A few nights ago, I opened Twitter and saw an intriguing comment from one of my connections. He was replying to a tweet shared by Desiring God linking to an article by Greg Morse, entitled, “How to Train Your Dragons: Killing Pet Sins Before They Kill You.” At first I wasn’t concerned, but then I saw a quote that was lifted from the piece.
Midweek Bible clubs have begun at my church for kids and teens, from K-5 to 12th grade. Needless to say, Wednesday’s at my church are chaotic — people going here, there, and everywhere, corralling kids of all ages to the right places, disciplining those who are too hopped on sugar, keeping their minds busy through stories and lessons and games, and hoping in the midst of all of this that the Word of God, His gospel, is able to shine forth and sink into these kids’ lives. And for the most part, I think we’re succeeding.