Posts from 2012

In Christ, Time is Your Friend

The new year brings conflicting thoughts. Since naturally we want good things to come our way, we look to the months ahead with hope for our plans, desires, and dreams. Perhaps they will all come to pass! At the same time, the end of the year provokes reflections of a more wistful, melancholic sort. One…

Helpless – A Christmas Meditation

As sinners, we are masters of self-delusion. And one of our favorite illusions is the idea that we have within ourselves the power and ability to overcome our deepest problems. Why do we flatter ourselves this way? I suppose one reason is our impressive record of achievement as members of the human race. We’ve learned to…

Church-challenged Alaska

Church, and religion in general, is not a big part of most Alaskans’ lives. Spend a little time here, and you’ll probably notice that soon enough. Though we have our share of churches here in the Mat-su Valley (I would guess more than most other places in Alaska), what gets me every time we drive…

Profile of the Lone Ranger Christian

Sometimes you hear it said, “There’s no such thing as a Lone Ranger Christian.” That’s wrong – there is such a thing. Of course, he doesn’t wear a red bandana and a black mask. He doesn’t ride a white horse and have a sidekick calling him “Kimosabe.” So how do you recognize this spiritual masked…

Christians and Politics – Some Thoughts

November is still months away, but the 2012 campaign season is going full-throttle and won’t let up until we finally decide who will be President for the next four years. Like probably most of you, I follow politics and my interest grows when a major election approaches. I’ve been giving some thought to how Christians…

Not in Vain!

Poor Sisyphus. He crossed the gods, and is still paying for it (that is, if you believe in Greek mythology). He is forced to roll a massive boulder up a hill. But just before he reaches the top, the rock gets away and rolls down all the way to the bottom. So he must begin…

God Love Introverts, Too

I am not naturally talkative. This may be a surprise to those who’ve only seen me on Sundays. On that day, I am a word machine – teaching, preaching, socializing, chatting. But the fact is by nature I am introverted. I am thankful for whatever gifts God has given me, but “gab” is not one…

Why Do We Say, “He Descended into Hell”?

From time to time at Grace OPC, during the worship service, we confess our faith together using the words of the Apostles’ Creed. One phrase in the Creed says of Jesus, “he descended into hell.” Why do we say that? The Bible teaches that Jesus’ soul went to paradise while his body rested in the grave (Luke…