I Must Decrease

“I’ve been there and done that,” I think to myself. “I’ve done what he’s doing and been what he is.”

“I’ve been there and done that,” I think to myself.

But times change and needs change. As does standing. As do positions, assignments, and responsibilities. And when the time comes for me to give up long-held things like that, I want to remember again what John the Baptist said: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

I remembered it when I resigned as principal of “my” school.

I remembered it when I encouraged another friend to assume a calling that would diminish “my” role.

I hope I remember it when I’m replaced as chairman of the board I’ve “headed” for over 19 years. Read more

Perfect Peace. Fixed Heart. Eternal Glory.

an image about being called by Jesus to eternal gloryA few nights ago I read a series of Scripture selections that really blessed me.

I was going to post them at Panting Hart, hoping to bless and encourage others. (Like you, for instance!) But I discovered last night that I’ve already posted them twice there (in 2011 and 2013).

So, I decided to write this short little post here and link to Not Afraid of Evil Tidings and After You Have Suffered Awhile at Panting Hart.

Oh, and here are three pieces to whet your appetite. Read more

Mr. Pope, Marriage Is Not Forever

How to better minister to Catholic families experiencing separation, divorce and other problems when the church’s teaching holds that marriage is forever.

Pope Francis asserts marriage is forever at start of family meeting

Going by engagement and wedding announcements I’ve seen over the years, many Christians also believe that marriage is forever. Even plenty of Mennonites hold that view.

If that belief has a Biblical foundation, I don’t know what it is. Do you? Read more

Above all, love God!

since November 9, 2005