Fragile. Resilient. Broken. Indestructible. Helpless. Indomitable.

In 2013, I was living in Vietnam and wrote a piece that I never published. Although now a bit dated, the subject matter speaks to some universal questions. Now, it is January 2017 and I am in Ho Chi Minh City once again. I remembered the article and decided that now was a good time to post it….

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“Eight things cancer is teaching me”

Dave Hall is a friend of mine. He is now a pastor at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, California, where he oversees the church’s efforts in global ministry. When we first met, we were students together more than forty years ago. Dave and his wife, Joni, have been married 40 years. They have three adult children and…

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God’s Glory Requires Skill

Today, Nicholas McDonald is our guest blogger. I first came across Nick’s writing a few years back. Through our occasional correspondence, I have come to appreciate Nick’s work – so much so, that I have become a Patreon. Tom ********************** God’s Glory Requires Skill “The power of the pulpit is not in the skill of…

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Happy Birthday J. I. Packer (a fan letter)

Today, July 22, 2016, is J. I. Packer’s 90th birthday. Next to my grandfather, I can think of no other person to whom I am more deeply indebted for what I have come to believe theologically than James Innell Packer. My first exposure to his writing came in my first year at Bible college. In…

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O Come, Let Us Adore Him

I have a friend who is a professional musician. To be specific, a professional classical musician. She has studied and worked in the field for years, and served as conductor of one of Canada’s symphony orchestras. She is a precise and masterful pianist, and a passionate educator. She takes all things musical very seriously. A…

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