Approaching Damascus

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Every believer knows the value of Bible reading. The most popular approach is to read through the Scriptures in a year. It seems reasonable that our eyes should read every verse in God’s Word annually. But if that is valuable, what about reading the whole Bible in a month? In December my wife, Kim, and I were discussing our Bible reading plans for 2012. I had (and have) ambitions to read it… Read More

I’m a music lover, not a music critic. So when I want to review an album it is because I like it and want others to as well. Such is the case with We Proclaim by Ekklesia Music. It is a production of the music that Joshua Spacht has written and arranged for Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Florida. This album is a journey. It starts and ends in specific places… Read More

[This is a letter I wrote to my son on his 16th birthday. I am posting it with his permission] Luke, I love you son. Today you are turning 16. It seems like yesterday you were taking your first steps and not long after that stretching out your legs to ride your big wheel. Now you’ll be driving a car. Turning 16 means you are taking another step toward manhood. It means… Read More

When I wrote my post about Tim Tebow last week, I had no idea it would generate the feedback it did. In one sense I’m thankful. It is good when believers can talk about convictions with each other. But I’m also a bit perplexed. It is interesting that the post on Tim was hit so many more times than a post the next day on parenting. That in and of itself is… Read More

The implications and influence of our attitudes towards others cannot be overstated. Our tone is usually louder than our message. And tone is more quickly interpreted than words. I’m finding out the hard way that this is the linchpin of parenting. Having teenage sons in our home creates an interesting environment. Messes happen, chores are neglected, arguments develop, things are lost, procrastination reigns. No, it’s not all negative, but it can get… Read More

Much has been said about Tim Tebow. And you can count on a lot more. My favorite so far is the post by Nathan Busenitz. But I want to add a few pastoral thoughts to the conversation. I don’t know where Tim goes to church. So obviously I don’t know who his pastor is nor do I have particular encouragements or criticisms about the nature of how his soul is being shepherded…. Read More

In Jonathan Edwards’ little booklet called Advice to Young Converts, he gives this simple advice for hearing sermons. When you hear sermons, hear them for yourself… Let the chief end of your mind be to consider what ways you can apply the things that you are hearing in the sermon. You should ask, What improvement should I make, based on these things, for my own soul’s good. How different our Sunday conversations… Read More