Not Enough Fear

Not Enough Fear

Fear is powerful. Improperly applied, fear can cause us to make irrational choices without thinking. Yet as we find the words of the Book of Proverbs, it can also be the “beginning of wisdom.” The difference is what we fear. Sticking with Proverbs 9:10 for a moment,...
Who Do You Serve?

Who Do You Serve?

No question causes more discomfort than this: “Who do you serve?” Not long ago, I asked that question to a politician who bristled with indignation and replied, “I serve no one!” His answer told me a lot. If we cannot acknowledge who we serve, we cannot possibly build...
Access for What?

Access for What?

No private sin is quite so publicly ensnaring as the quiet promise of political access. It trips up the most sure-footed activist, and silences even the boldest advocate of liberty. The fourth chapter of Mathew’s Gospel records the specific temptations dangled in...
Would We Answer?

Would We Answer?

One day into the siege of the Alamo, on February 24, 1836, William Barret Travis wrote a desperate letter seeking aid from his fellow Texians and all Americans in the world. You see, rather than offer an easy and dishonorable surrender to the far superior forces...
A Cold Truth

A Cold Truth

This has been one of the coldest weeks on record. We’ve all been troubled to learn just how deeply our state failed to properly prepare for emergencies like this. One can find temporary warmth in unfocused anger, or we can bask in the permanence of truth. I suggest...
The Other Side

The Other Side

When reading the four New Testament accounts of Jesus, one occasionally comes across the phrase “the other side.” This isn’t some mystical reference; it turns out “the other side” is the “other side” of the Sea of Galilee. This is where one of the most subversive...
Fear Is a Loser

Fear Is a Loser

No weapon is quite so debilitating as fear. And, all too often, it is a weapon we point at ourselves. We let our minds turn our opponents into fearsome and unconquerable giants, and then we scurry to hide under very real beds. The fear of those giants becomes an...
Slaying Giants

Slaying Giants

In recent days my thoughts have returned to standing in a dry creek bed in the Valley of Elah, kneeling in the dirt to pick up smooth rocks. What’s brought that memory to mind has been hearing so many friends expressing their fear of giants stalking the land. But...