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

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 00:00

Everything Changed

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For all of our married life, my wife, Paula, and I have been in ministry of one sort or another. Everything changed for us as on April 4th, 2018.  As the doctor gave us the final report, she knew the impact it would have on us. Gathering her emotions, she said, “I think you need to...

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 21:30

Sharing the Gospel to Scared People

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A recent conversation caught me breathless and deeply burdened for my neighbors.

A street vendor I regularly buy vegetables from surveyed all of the uncertainties of the sickness, quarantine, and of course, the nearly total lack of fruit buyers—her only source of income. Her summary was that...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 21:30

What will be left when the dust settles?

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At the outset of the present quarantine, everything was bizarre, electric, and controversial. People filled their time arguing over lethality, R₀ rates, and balancing lives with dollars. But the shock, the novelty and the drama are wearing off now. What about when quarantine just turns into a...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 02:26

Seeing God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering

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“These are the times that try men’s souls…” the well-known words of poet Thomas Payne came to mind as I drove to the grocery store yesterday in my fearless quest to acquire the rare jewel of toilet paper. Never in my short lifetime has the world faced such so much...

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You’re a pastor and church is now cancelled for the foreseeable future. The US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin just went on record that we should expect 10-12 weeks. So if we’re stuck meeting online anyway, can we do it better? Can we still function as a church?

Ironically, our context...

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 00:26

When Viruses Loom Larger than God

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I, like you, am tired of thinking about COVID-19 already, though my browsing history might betray me. I’ll abstain from taking a side on whether COVID-19 merits the panic it has created or not—the question belongs to epidemiologists for now, handed off to historians soon after. Of...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:22

Free Outreach Resource

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Dear Reader,

I’m excited to share a resource with you that was designed for ESL / international student outreach. Good News for All Nations: An ESL Bible Study Handbook provides a thorough presentation of gospel truths in terms that are simple enough to be understood by those who speak English...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 03:21

Please, Sing

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Do you ever have the awful experience of realizing just how right your parents really were? My mother often said, “You never really know how much you appreciate something until it’s gone.” There have been many times that I have found out that she was so very right. One of those...

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