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We’re told nothing about the prophet Agur except the names of his father and a couple of his disciples. Everything else we read—in footnotes, commentaries and Bible dictionaries—is speculation. But we get a few more insights about him in the opening verses of Proverbs 30. God, I’m so weary and worn out, I feel more … Read more

Change your mind…change you!

Is your mind the same thing as your brain? Well, your brain is an organ; your mind isn’t. Which sounds crazy, but there you have it. To which neuroscientists reply, why are you relying on such a distinction? What else is behavior but the result of brain biology? Yet the fact that criminals are treated … Read more

Relationship or religion?

Following Christ should be deleted from the list of world religions, because it’s not a religion. Following Jesus cannot be defined by the practice of sacraments. Anyone can practice them. Anyone can confess sins. Anyone can eat bread and drink wine or grape juice, listen to a sermon, fast, pray and study a Bible. And … Read more


What is a prophet, and what is he or she supposed to do? Shemaiah was a prophet who lived around 930 b.c. He is mentioned only twice in the Bible but at critical times—just before and during the division of Israel into two kingdoms. We’re told that Rehoboam, Solomon’s successor, had ignored the advice of … Read more

Christian or Christ-follower?

I avoid the word “Christian” when talking about the church, because the word has become meaningless. According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of American adults describe themselves as Christian.[1] But all that means is that 167 million people, not counting children and teens, may or may not attend a weekly church meeting, may … Read more


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2468″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The gospel is not self-help! God is not even remotely into self-help. If we had the power to help ourselves, then God would have been an idiot to let us crucify him. We couldn’t help ourselves after we sinned in Eden, we have failed to help ourselves since then, and we will … Read more

The Tree of Knowledge is still alive, tempting . . . and deadly

The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! ~ William Wordsworth Sweet baby kale, peppery arugula and crisp baby watercress could be among the most delicious and unusual … Read more

The not-so-distant future

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2461″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]God has gathered the “nations” to fight against us for many years. If we are still standing today, we are seasoned soldiers. Seasoned soldiers are not those who wield the gifts of the Spirit—healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out demons. The Holy Spirit does that. Seasoned soldiers are those … Read more

Some thoughts about prayer

I’ve said before that prayer does not make you a Christ-follower. But, if you are a Christ-follower, prayer makes you an increasingly better one, because it makes you more and more like Jesus. Prayer enables you to see and hear him more clearly and thereby treasure him more dearly. I say treasure because the more … Read more

Clearing up a sticking point

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”2458″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]1 Kings 22 overflows with prophets—400 of Ahab’s prophets, Micaiah, and of course, Jeremiah, the author of the book. It also raises a few thorny questions about prophets and the prophetic gift. Things were relatively quiet in Israel and had been for several years, but there was still bad feeling between Ramoth-gilead and … Read more