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Assurance for Seekers

Until recently, I had missed the contextual power of Isaiah 55:10-11. Alec Motyer helped me see the wonder of these verses in a new way. They promise “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed […]

Ducking the Real Issues?

Is it wise for Christians to market their own morality as entertainment? That question seems to be worth asking as the feathers settle after last month’s Duck Dynasty flap. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson entertains. He also markets duck calls for hunters. As a reality television star, his lifestyle and morality serve as his product. His […]


Christian young people in North America who sense a long-term call to the mission field in developing countries are often ready and willing to give up most of their material possessions. They are willing to go with the clothes on their back and eat beans and rice to tell about Jesus. The problem is that […]

And Returned to Her Home

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Last night, on our ride home from a cookout with friends, we saw Illinois license plates heading west, and Ohio plates heading east. Everyone was going home. Sometimes we feel a letdown at the end of summer. Vacations refreshed us, mission trips expanded our vision, church […]