Transferring Our Hope

Poor Leah!  It seems she was always playing second fiddle to her sister Rachel.  Leah was the first born daughter of Laban; Jacob’s uncle. But from the time that Jacob first met Laban’s second born daughter; Rachel, he had his eye on her (see Gen. 29).  Rachel was beautiful. A real “knockout” we would say …

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Having an Open Mind

What do you think when someone says to you “You should have an open mind?” That would probably depend on what worldview you have adopted.  In one worldview, one should always have an open mind because there is no such thing as “absolute truth” (ironically, an absolute statement in itself).  But in their thinking, any …

Better Call Saul

There is a television program on AMC that has found a consistent audience named “Better call Saul”.  Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the …

Stay With Us

Ever since I became a Christian back on February 11th, 1975, I’ve wanted to be in the presence of Godly men.  Back in the day I was saved, I worked a seasonal job that had me on unemployment during the winter months.  This allowed me the opportunity to hang out with the youth pastor, Gary …

Taking It Easy

Sometimes one would think that the highest priority in the practical life of our culture is to find what is the easy way.  For instance, manufacturers are constantly trying to find easier ways to “make the sausage”.  With the advent of mechanization, the race was on to make everything work more easily and effortlessly.  Products …

Never Satisfied

There is an old maxim that says “you can never get enough of a good thing”.  I’m not sure what this maxim is saying.  Is it saying that we should enjoy “good” things without restriction (as in, “Hey man…go for it")? But we can doubtless think of any number of things that are good but …

A Long Obedience

I have mentioned to my family and the church many times, that I have adopted the mantra of “A long obedience in the same direction” as kind of a personal focus moving forward.  It comes from the title of the Eugene Peterson book on the Psalms of Assent (Psalm 120-134).  Those Psalms were the Psalms …

So Soon

Across the street from our church there is a Livonia City park named Greenmead.  I have mentioned it before in this blog as a place where I walk and pray either very early in the morning before sunrise or later at night around dusk.  It is a little historical village that hosts any number of …

Blessed Messy Things

Life is messy.  Few things go as smoothly as we might wish them to go.  Facets, nuances, and gradations of problems are embedded in just about every circumstance in life.  Few things are completely binary.  But so often it is the mess that defines the value in a thing. A Proverb that has befuddled people …

When God Is Not There

I’m not looking forward to this.  On September 5th, Michal is flying to North Dakota to be with Emilee as she gives birth to her fourth; Rhordyn Emmerson Lee Bixler.  Emilee’s due date is September 11th so Michal wants to get there prior to the delivery.  It just so happens that little Tootie’s birthday (Evellyn) …