Penitents Make Good Preachers (Ps. 51)

A bird sings louder and with greater abandon once it is released from its cage. Likewise, a sinner sings God’s praises with greater fervency and unabashed zeal when he feels the crushing weight of sin and a guilty conscience lifted from his weary shoulders. David was no exception. His conscience was awakened by the condemning announcement […]

Hope and Boldness for Soft-Spined Disciples (meditations from 2 Corinthians)

I read someone else’s diary today. No, it wasn’t my daughter’s diary with the heart-shaped lock nor was it the diary of David Brainerd (though that is an excellent resource for budding missionaries). In my private devotion this afternoon, I found my fingers wandering to the pages of Paul’s second letter to the sin-ravaged Corinthian […]

Grace in Autumn

The late October wind lashed the north side of the meager thatched-roof parsonage as the weary preacher struggled to find words with which to offer thanks for his single piece of rye bread and cup of day-old coffee. There he sat, with bony elbows planted firmly on the top of the small cedar table and […]