Advent of Love

Reading for the Week of December 21, 2014 Advent Theme: Love Sunday              December 21        Luke 1:26-38 Monday             December 22        Luke 1:39-56 Tuesday             December 23        Luke 1:57-80 Wednesday        December 24        Matthew 1:18-25 Thursday           December 25        John 1:1-18 … More Advent of Love

The Advent of Peace

Devotional Thought from Ezekiel 34:11-31 Peace can be an illusive thing in this life. Conflict seems to be inscribed on our DNA. In fact, the Bible says that it is.     What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?(James 4:1)” Our sin … More The Advent of Peace

American Evangelicalism: Is Our Root Dried Up?

This past Sunday our sermon text at Solomon’s Porch was Hosea 9:10-17.  The Book of Hosea provides a lot of opportunities for social commentary, and this passage in particular is one that we need to read and understand in the modern era.  I’ll explain what I mean by the previous statement a little further down … More American Evangelicalism: Is Our Root Dried Up?

The Search for the Fountain of Youth and the Destruction of the American Church and State

This past Sunday as I taught through Hosea 7, I drew several parallels between the state of Israel in Hosea’s time period, and the state of our own nation and church today. Some of the parallels I made were rising crime and increased border difficulties (vs 1), a public that generally recognizes something is wrong, … More The Search for the Fountain of Youth and the Destruction of the American Church and State

An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part II

In our last article we saw God, lay the lion share of the blame for Israel’s spiritual condition at the feet of the spiritual leaders in Israel.  Her prophets, her priests, and her kings had failed in their duties to lead, teach, admonish, rebuke, and protect the people from the idolatrous influence of the nations … More An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part II