But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 21 August 2017 12:57

Evening Prayer

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God of the evening, No matter what today held, You were good, you were faithful, you were there. No matter what tomorrow brings, You’ll be good, you’ll be faithful, you’ll be here. No matter how the evening feels, If fathers love their sons below, how much above? No matter what...

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In recent months I’ve seen an upsurge in tweet-threads among those I follow on Twitter. The increase has been obvious, within my (very) limited sphere. If your first thought is “Who cares?!” I applaud you. You’re likely living a happier life than those who do care. My...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:00

Moral Credibility, Moral Crisis, and the Leaders We Need

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When a moral crisis engulfs a nation, that nation needs many things: collective self-restraint, urgent and wise dialogue, swift and righteous decisions, and an unbending commitment to unoppressive order and impartial justice. But as much as any of these things, if not more, a nation in moral crisis...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

When You Don’t Have a Prayer

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Last night I went for a walk along the bayou near our street, trying to decompress and straighten out my mind. There, in the humid twilight of a Houston summer night, I found myself in a familiar place: struggling to pray. It’s not that there’s too little to pray about; if anything,...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 21:00

My Sunday Morning Comments about Charlottesville

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I don’t plan to make Sunday morning statements about most noteworthy events that make national news. I hope my brothers and sisters at BridgePoint Bible Church can appreciate when I do decide to make these statements without expecting that every injustice that tops the headlines will receive...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 20:00

A Preacher’s Prayer

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Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. — Hebrews 1:1-2 Holy Father, Your word is light — let it rise, let it shine, let it show. Your word is health — let … More A...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:41

Charlottesville, Racism, and the Church of Jesus Christ

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This weekend, every major news network is covering the thousands of white supremacists who’ve descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. Their local micro-protest is the removal of Confederate statues and names from public parks and spaces. But their larger macro-protest is the increasing...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:00

Five Slippery Steps toward Slander

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How much does it hurt when someone slanders you? How long does it stay with you when someone shares negative things about you with others? How deep does it go when someone slices into your reputation with twisted words you know don’t represent the truth? Slander is serious business. It...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 19:00

Relaunching from Houston

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On June 1, after a two-day caravan involving an Odyssey filled with kids trailing a U-Haul packed with stuff, our family awoke in the outskirts of west Houston and began the surprising new chapter God is authoring into our half-dozen lives. Now two months into our Texas adventure, I’m ready...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

A Father’s Prayer

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Father of all fathers, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, Fatherhood is a great mystery. The calling is majestic, and the dangers real. We love our children, and we long to love them better, but we fail so frequently. We worship you as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and marvel at …

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imageDear Boyce College Graduates, This morning you’ll rise with a rush of excitement mixed with a few unnecessary nerves. You’ll mentally rehearse the big event as you dress in your regalia, get your hat and tassel properly arranged, and somehow get over that momentary feeling of...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:00

For the Life of Our Sons

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Every time, the news hits closer to home. Every time, either the boy seems younger, or my boys seem older. Every time, I wonder what I can do to keep it from happening. I can feel that curly hair, because I cup my 11-year-old’s head in my left hand whenever I buzz his hair with … More F...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 20:00

Growing Up: Six Basic Steps toward Maturity

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imageHow can young people move toward maturity? How can adolescents grow into young adults? How can college students move through the college years with increasing integrity, character, maturity, skill, and productivity? Here are six basic steps to help the saplings of the next generation add rings as...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:00

The Final Week

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imageToday I will give my final lecture as a college professor, symbolizing the end of fifteen years in Christian college ministry. Sometime late in the afternoon, I’ll finish a lecture like I’ve done many times before. But this time will be different. I’ll close my white teaching...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:00

A Prayer for Friendship

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imageHoly Father, You exist as one God in three persons. Yours is the perfect spirit of friendship. We rejoice to know you and be known by you. Draw your people together into this holy spirit of friendship so that we might fellowship face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder, feasting and working alike, in...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:00

ASKED: How should I decide what to memorize?

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imageIf you want to begin memorizing Scripture, how should you decide where to start? A student asked this question yesterday in Spiritual Life Dynamics. After some class discussion, here were my three basic recommendations. 1. Scripture you love. Hunger is the best spice. If you want to start...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 19:00

A Prayer for Patience

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imageHoly Father, When I ponder the world, the church, and especially my own life, I am astonished at your patience. Your long-suffering is beyond comprehension. We, your church, stand in loving amazement at your united patience as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Loving Father, you patiently chose us,...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:00

Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah Revisited (4)

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imageHere’s the fourth installment of my ongoing series of quotes from Dr. John Hannah of Dallas Seminary. The context of each quote is in bold, and it’s helpful to keep in mind that each statement was made in a specific educational context with its free-flowing atmosphere. It’s also...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 19:00

Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah Revisited (3)

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What happens when you combine one of the best minds the Christian church has ever known (Jonathan Edwards) with one of the most quotable professors I’ve ever encountered? A cascade of wit and wisdom like what you’ll find below. Quotes from Wednesday’s Class Theological...

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It happened right after a Saturday night message at a church I was visiting. I had just finished my third message for a youth retreat when a 14-year-old I’ll call “Megan” found me at the back of the auditorium. She had heard me say the night before that I knew serious things were...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 03:00

Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah Revisited (2)

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I’m continuing to share penetrating quotes from Dr. John Hannah’s class on Jonathan Edwards, one of the most memorable classes I ever took. Quotes from Tuesday’s Class Reading the Bible: The first book you need is a Bible. I recommend reading it. Many don’t. They study...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:20

Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah Revisited (1)

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Ten years ago I took a one-week class on Jonathan Edwards from Dallas Seminary professor John Hannah. It still ranks as one of my most memorable academic experiences. In the weeks that followed, I posted a bevy of wise and witty quotes that cascaded from Dr. Hannah’s teaching. Now after...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 07:49

Exercising the Writing Muscle

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imageIt’s like anything else. If you want to write well, you have to work at it. You have to do it, and keep doing it — especially when you don’t feel like it. There’s no other way. Writing can be a magical and miserable experience. The magic often gets us started, but the misery...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 03:00

If You Want to Learn…

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imageIf you want to learn, you have to get uncomfortable. And since we don’t often choose to be uncomfortable, if we want to learn, we have to find teachers and mentors and programs and responsibilities and experiences that will make us uncomfortable. The semester has begun at Boyce College,...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 07:36

A Prayer for the Downcast

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Holy Father, This morning I pray for all who find themselves discouraged and depressed, for all who find their souls numb and their vision blurred, for all who feel their lives slipping down to the pit. Help them turn to your Word, cry out for your mercy, trust in your promises, and rise to do...

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