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Bible, God, Jesus, Jesus Come, second coming, Theology

Ready: Living Urgently in a Messed-Up World


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Kissing a Lifestyle of Convenience Goodbye

I’ll be up front – I am writing this at the worst possible time for my family and me. Rachel and I are in the throes of moving from Thailand to Vietnam. Not only are there the logistical challenges of visas, accommodation, flights, ‘yard sales’ (to borrow a term from our American friends) and endless packing, there’s also the emotional upheaval of goodbye meals with friends and colleagues, daily ‘lasts’ of what have been routine activities for the past five years, and a variety of emotions that range between excitement, sentiment and a growing realisation that we have little idea of what we are heading into.

We had our final packing day on Tuesday, and then we officially leave Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Thursday. In fact, since this is scheduled to go live on the second Friday in April, you’re most likely reading it on our very first day as official residents of Hanoi. Oh, and add a three and one-year-old into the mix, and you will be rightly wondering if spending time writing this is the wisest use of my time… and you’d be in good company with my long-suffering wife. (Editor’s note: thank you, Rachel!).
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Bible, Creativity, Culture

The Father Never Lies


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The world reminds you every day that

“The camera never lies”

But The Father reminds you every day that

“The Father never lies”

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

I saw a man today crippled by the fear of what the camera said, by the bad news message preached from the camera of lies echoed again and again by the media malaise of our day.

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

We may have grey and we may have bumps; we may have wrinkles and we may have spots.

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

The Father looks at the things that man can not observe, that the father of lies understands not, that the camera can never see.

The King is enthralled with your beauty

Psalm 45:11

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

The father of lies means for us to live bent over, doubled up, hounded by crippling species of fear.

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

The Father has a picture of you as on His fridge in all your unspeakable beauty, in all your unseen worth.

He’d like you to see His picture.

I’m reminded that there is a father of lies but assured that the Father doesn’t ever lie.

The

Father

Never

Lies

Culture, Family, Theology

Taken In


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One of the Bible’s highlights for me is Psalm 27 – it contains some the most beautiful verses anywhere in its pages. I’m thinking of sweeping, lyrical crescendos like verse 4, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

Another verse that stuns me, particularly because of the brokenness I constantly see in society where families  (more…)