Tested by fire

The book of Daniel has several great narratives about how those who were honest about dependence conducted themselves in a foreign land with many antagonists lurking about. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were companions of Daniel and enlisted in the service of the king of Babylon (Daniel 3:1-30). Those three men were blessed by God with … Continue reading Tested by fire

Holy Week

This is “Holy Week,” the days between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and His resurrection on Easter. The substitutionary life of Jesus means that His arrest and condemnation should have been ours. So this week seems like a good time to ponder Jesus’ imperative to first take the log our of our own … Continue reading Holy Week

Lent 2022

Are you acquainted with the tradition of giving something up for Lent? Are you also acquainted with a natural principle I learned from Concordia-Chicago’s Dr. Steinmann that "nature abhors a vacuum"? If we give up one thing for Lent, does something else just take its place? What if we added something to our life for Lent—something … Continue reading Lent 2022