“The Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, ...” (Ephesians 4:30, GN) The Maker's Mark in your life is the presence of His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God that confesses that Jesus Christ came in flesh and blood to atone for our sins. “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the…Read more The Maker’s Mark
Father Brown is the creation of G. K. Chesterton, a kind, but quirky and a well-meaning priest with a detective's heart. Recently, I discovered there is a BBC television series about Father Brown. In the episode, I watched recently, Father Brown was placed in a straitjacket in order to erase his memories. They villains feared…Read more STRAITJACKETS
Sunday Morning at Woodland while worshipping with our congregation a deep joy flowed through me. Eric, one of our young men home for the Thanksgiving weekend, led us in worship. Behind him was another student, Noah, home from Valley Forge, was playing guitar. Eric's parents were singing and Noah's Dad was playing bass. It was…Read more Watching A Dream Flourish
Imagine if the entire world experienced a global revival placing their faith in Jesus Christ. Imagine the life transformation of entire populations that would happen and suddenly most of the problems of the world would disappear over night. I've always been impressed by how great world leaders admire the teachings and acts of Jesus…Read more Imagine if there was global revival…!
Two of our students stopped to visit with me in my study at Woodland, last week. Listening to them was deeply gratifying (one is a graduating high school and the other just completed their first year of college). Their life plans center around their desire to love God with all of their hearts. I've watched them grow up for…Read more Two Students and a Book I’m Reading
Compassionate Leadership by Ted Engstrom and Paul Cedar After reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr by Ron Chernow a few years ago, I found this story in Compasionate Leadership compelling. From Chapter Three - The Perils of Compassionate Leadership "Dr. Karl Menninger, founder of the famed Menninger Health Institute, learned that people…Read more What I’m Reading
"When the nation gets a cold, Detroit gets the flu, Pastor." So said a businessman in the auto industry. I've learned some lessons from this recession that I'd like to share with you. Remember when Becky and I moved to Detroit in 1999 there were more jobs available than people to fill them. People were…Read more Recession Lessons: Detroitonomics part two