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Stay or Go

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I am currently being inspired by the accounts of ministers from the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) re: revival and, specifically, the condition of the church immediately right before the Kilsyth revival of 1839. It’s like I am reading the condition of the church in North America right now. Then, in my reading this morning, in […]

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More From Scotland

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I recently picked up a reprint of a series of lectures published in Scotland by ministers reflecting on the revival that had just swept through the churches there in 1839. The book was published in 1840, so their reflections were fresh in their minds. One of the subjects they cover is the condition of the […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: John the Baptist

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I can depend on it like the rain in Seattle: that evaluative question that will predictably be asked in the first five minutes of any introductory conversation with another pastor: “How many are in your church?”  Though the phraseology may vary – “what’s your Sunday morning attendance,” or, “what are you running now?” – the […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Jeremiah

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When you speak of your ministry or calling, is your language positive and life-giving or is it the overflow of a profound woundedness and insecurity? Do your words reflect a fire burning in your heart for the people to whom God has called you? While, in the moment, it may seem like nothing more than […]

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Non-Repeating Pattern

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That’s sounds like a contradiction of terms. If it is non-repeating, then how can a pattern be discerned? Let me show you. In Genesis 17:6, when over a million Israelites, at the beginning of the exodus, had no water to drink, God told Moses to strike the rock. In Numbers 20:8, towards the end of […]

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A Cracked Screen On Your Phone

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I don’t know how many perfectionists are out there but, if it is a disease, I am afflicted. I can have my car detailed, have the paint polished to a clay-bar finish, and the interior spotless, but my eye will go straight to the door ding I got in the grocery store parking lot. And […]

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Lessons From An Old Juniper

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A friend and I mounted a couple of 20-year-old BMW motorcycles on vacation last week, and headed out of Phoenix, through Wickenburg, to Prescott. About 20 miles out of Prescott, at about 6,000 ft in elevation, we pulled off the twisty mountain pass and headed down a dirt trail until we couldn’t ride any further […]

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Half the Story

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Generationally, I sit in a curious place. I look back to my father’s generation and remember how they wrestled with matters of holiness. They took the subject seriously and for the most part wanted to please the Lord, but often ended up at the wrong conclusions. As a kid, growing up in our home in […]

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I’ve Had Enough

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A few weeks ago I stood on the ruins of Beersheba, in Israel, from which point you have an unobstructed view south, deep into the Sinai desert. I imagined a discouraged Elijah standing right there, after running with his servant for over 100 miles from Jezreel, with Jezebel’s signed death warrant fresh in his hand. The […]

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Monkey and Gourds

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Even though our church was experiencing many of the elements of historical revival during my teen years, my father would make time every week for the two of us to play golf. Golf can be a little different when played in Africa. About 15 miles south of Durban was a country club in a little […]