Category Archives: Ministry

A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 3

What really sets off the crowd in Nazareth are the two Old Testament examples Jesus uses as paradigms for His ministry: He says that there were plenty of Israelite widows in the days of Elijah, yet the prophet was not … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 2

In the Year of Jubilee, debts were forgiven; captives were set free; land would lie fallow. (You can read all about it in Leviticus 25.) Jesus is declaring that in Him, the Year of Jubilee has come. In fact, it … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 1

Today we continue our study of Isaiah, but we’re going to begin in the Gospel of Luke. Luke tells us how one of Isaiah’s prophecies came to be fulfilled. And even though Isaiah delivered this prophecy about 2,700 years ago, … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2020

Each year I set myself a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Most years I don’t hit the mark, but it’s a worthy goal nonetheless. Last year, I crushed it by reading 62 books. Believe it or … Continue reading

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Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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Scarcity and the Abundance of God

I have a confession to make: I am really struggling with a scarcity mindset right now. A few nights ago, I went out to the store to get some bread. When I got there, this is what I found:  I’ve … Continue reading

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A Covenant and a Contract: Twenty Years of Marriage and Ministry

Twenty years ago, two of the most important events of my life occurred in a span of less than two weeks. On August 14, 1999, I entered into a covenant relationship with my bride, marked by vows of love and … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2018

Each year, I set a goal to read 52 books — one book per week for the entire year. I usually fall short of the goal — I think 2011 was the last year I hit the mark. For point … Continue reading

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Fearless Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of … Continue reading

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A Special Night

My heart is full tonight, thankful for the many good influences I’ve had in my life. It is no understatement to say that Johnny Markham is one of the most important people in my life. I knew him first as … Continue reading

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