Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

The Women’s Issue

We often refer to the conversations around women in the church as “the women’s issue.” Churches are studying “the women’s issue.” Churches are dividing over “the women’s issue. Men and women, myself included, have emphasized the importance of “the women’s issue.” But is “the women’s issue” truly a women’s issue? Does it belong…

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Fourteen Rules for Discerning Spirits (Part 3)

It is finally time to finish what I began in my previous post, summarizing Ignatius of Loyola’s fourteen rules for spiritual discernment. Rules twelve through fourteen contain what is categorically gnomic wisdom for how to navigate temptation and spiritual weakness. Rules one through eleven, however, take up the issue of spiritual movement. Assuming…

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Leaving the Museum: Daring to Preach in Present Tense

Once when I was in college, sitting in one of my Bible classes at Lipscomb University, I wandered into a peculiarly vivid daydream. Now, before I tell you about my daydream, I should probably issue an apology to any of my college professors who ever lost me to my daydreaming. The fault was…

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The Things that Make for Peace: Confession of Sin

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the things that make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — As my prayer life continues to develop, I find myself listening a lot more than talking. I don’t…

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Can These Bones Live?

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on March 29, 2017. — Sermon Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 For me, the last week has been dominated by the ferocious West Texas wind. It has shaken the trees, rattled the windows, howled down the chimney, and endeavored—almost successfully—to strip the metal roofing off…

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Shocking Judgment

In my short bio below it mentions that I spend most of my off time restoring portions of our house, which is more than 50 years old. This is both a hobby and a necessity. The challenge of updating a mid-20th century structure to be practical in the first quarter of the 21st century is…

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