“Femme Fatale”

“Femme Fatale” August 9,2018. Drawn in the 1940s noir style. She did what she had to do to survive. She was born poor, abused, and alone. Who will dare to rescue her? Who will value her heart more than her external beauty? No one? Anyone? This is the dilemma of the 1940s noir femme fatale. Vulnerable, yet dangerous. Approachable, yet treacherous. A black widow of death? Or a forsaken soul in need of redemption? You decide.

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Easter’s Word of Victory – “It is Finished!”

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished.’” — John 19:30

A.W. PinkWhen Christ said these words – “It is finished” – we view the glorious triumph of the cross.  The ancient Greeks boasted about being able to communicate a big thought while using few words. They would often say, “The perfection of a great speech is to give an ocean of substance in a single drop of language”. What the Greeks looked for in a powerful speech is found in these final few words of Christ – “It is finished.” In the original Biblical language, this statement is actually only one word. Yet in that one word is the entire Gospel of God. That one word contains the ground of the believer’s assurance. That one word describes the sum of all joy. In that one single word, we find the very spirit of all Godly comfort. In that one word, we find rest. Continue reading

Woman at the Well – Callie Melton

Callie, 2013Speaking to the women at Surfside Presbyterian Church about the woman at the well in John 4, Callie Melton gives us an insightful look into how Jesus interacted with this woman’s heart – highlighting the beautiful grace of Christ that not only forgives our sin, but also covers our shame.

Black Liberation, White Supremacy, or Gospel Reconciliation?

opposites-5256bcda9e631_hiresIf you are like me, you are concerned about the current issues of racial, cultural, and economic conflict that is disrupting our country and deeply dividing the body of Christ.  If you are like me, you are grieved.  That’s the best word for it. I am grieved. I am grieved over the anger.  I am grieved over the violence.

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Recovering the Heart of Dr. King

Dr. KingIn the face of recent events in our nation, I find that my heart is deeply grieved today.  In the last six months, we have witnessed one the nastiest political campaigns in our nation’s history.  During this campaign we heard the worst insults imaginable.  Last month, we witnessed a brutal attack by a radicalized Muslim on the LGBT community Continue reading

“The Mover of My Soul”, Valley of Vision, p. 8

Adapted from “The Mover”, The Valley of Vision – Pg. 8 (my paraphrase)Valley-of-Vision Redux

O Triune God,
You are the Mover of my soul.
Without you – my soul, my heart, my affections –
All these would still be unmoved, unyielding, and following their natural courses to drown in a barren sea
But God, being rich in merciful love –
You woke me up. You moved the soul in me.

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