Archives For August 2016

Restoring cracked relationships–among the most important things we do in this life.

Mitch Teemley


My dad, Bill Teemley, was ambitious, hard-working, and deeply conservative. And I was a wildly liberal 23 year old who’d recently completed a “useless” Theatre Arts degree and moved back in with the folks.  Somewhere along the line a Game of Thrones-sized ice wall had grown up between us. We barely spoke. Dad didn’t get me (I’m an only child, so everything is about me), and I sure didn’t get him. But did it matter? I figured he never even thought about me. Still, with multiple non-job offers flooding in, I had time on my hands.

So I asked Mom what I could do about The Wall.

“Why don’t you go with him to pick up newspapers?” she answered.

Dad’s job as a newspaper dealer included picking up papers from the plant at 3:30 a.m. Seven days a week. So naturally my response was,

“Is there something else I…

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“Christianity is speaking a strange and scandalous word into whatever culture that it comes into,” Russell Moore

Rod Dreher lives in the flood zone of Louisiana. He is witness to unimaginable devastation that is  “much, much worse than most Americans know.” He is on the ground, seeing both the destruction and the Christian response to it.

Dreher acknowledges that the affected communities need government assistance to recover. He also asserts that government help without local churches in practical support would not be enough.

Dreher predicts that in coming years, churches will either be forced to embrace an LGBT protocol or lose tax exempt status.  He quotes David Gushee an LGBT activist: Continue Reading…

These social revolutions weren’t the result of wonderful political strategy. They came from the living Christian faith of these awakened people.

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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the Master calls a butterfly.”

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Those who walk the fields to sow, casting their seed in tears,
    will one day tread those same long rows, amazed by what’s appeared.
Those who weep as they walk and plant with sighs
Will return singing with joy, when they bring home the harvest.

Psalm 126: 5-6.

“Will he play ball too?” my brother asks a woman cradling an infant at the youth baseball field.

“We’ll have to see what gifts are inside of him,” she smiles.

He’s a few years from sliding home at a ballfield. But his mama is open to other possibilities. Music perhaps, art or scholarship. Her tiny boy is a bundle of unwrapped gifts waiting to open themselves to the world. Continue Reading…

“Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5.

When one of my sons was a small boy, he reached up to my ceramic top stove and burned his hand.

He never did it again.

The child who burns his hand on a hot stove can learn not to touch it again.  He knows the pain of being burned.  He cries out for help.

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 It was these who long ago lived in disobedience while God waited patiently as Noah was building the ark. I Peter 3: 20a

It’s a question as old as Eden.  Why is there suffering in the world if God is loving and all-powerful?

It’s one unbelievers ask. It’s one believers ask in dark days.  When unbelievers ask, they may be looking to justify their unbelief. When believers ask, perhaps they don’t see God’s hand in their circumstances. Continue Reading…

We had fearlessly traveled halfway around the globe to carry the Gospel into a hostile country, and a large, yes, very large roach had reduced us to a singular quivering mass.

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