The Fragrance That Binds

This article was first published by the author in the Christian magazine Emphasis on Faith and Living in the spring of 1987. Psalm 133 tells us that unity among the brethren is like the oil that was used to anoint the priests of Israel. At first, this seems like an...

Life Together

“Some people have the idea that the church is a place of warning: don’t do this; be careful about that; you are in danger of this; beware of that. They see religion as a series of red lights, stopping us just when we are getting up to speed and about to arrive...

Minding the Small Things

When I came to faith in Christ, my life was a walking breathing violation of the Ten Commandments. My sins stuck out from my life like a sore thumb. These obvious and blatant sins were the first things that Christ began to deal with when I invited Him into my life. In...

Living for Today

In a poem titled Discipline which Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote while in prison, we read, “Dare to do what is just, not what fancy may call for; lose no time with what may be, but boldly grasp what is real. The world of thought is escape; freedom comes only through...

Attractional Christianity

Over the past several years some new terms have surfaced in the Christian Church across our land. Two that are heard very often are Seeker Sensitive and Attractional. Under these banners some very large churches have come into being and are presently operating. In...

Regarding One Another

Many years ago, while pastoring in Moab, Utah I came across a poster in a Christian Bookstore that featured two bulls head-to-head trying to gain ground on the other. Below the picture was the caption, “Lord, please forgive others when they don’t see things my way.”...

Nearer, Still Nearer

A precious old hymn says, “Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart, draw me, my Savior so precious Thou art.” I’ve been thinking about life in Christ and how it is not a destination but a journey. It may begin with a profession of faith and an embracing of the work...

God’s Great Desire

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the...