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Wielding Power Wisely

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” Jon Steinbeck How do you use your power? Though power can easily be misused for selfish gain, the answer is not to...

Furnishing the New Jerusalem

“I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb… The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it… People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.” Revelation...

A Song in the Night

“I remembered my songs in the night.”  Psalm 77:6 During the darkest of nights, sometimes all you have is a song. During our first born daughter’s earliest days, she suffered from what we could only guess was colic. Carrie and I would take turns walking, bouncing, and...

Two Reflections for Pentecost

(Editor’s note: On this day of Pentecost, which according to Acts 2 was the birthday of the Church, we remember the work of the Holy Spirit and we reflect on the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.) Today we feel the wind beneath our wings Today the hidden fountain...

That The Next Generation Might Know

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them...

Don’t Quit

Through the years, my life in Christ has greatly benefited from my participation in a wide variety of sports and athletic activities.  One sport that benefited me in unexpected ways was football, which I played for three years during high school. At the time, I hadn’t...
Running With Perseverance

Running With Perseverance

[Editor’s note: In this week’s editorial, Mike Cope, who serves as Pepperdine University’s Director of Ministry Outreach, describes the theme of this year’s Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures, based on the book of Hebrews.] I love a meme I saw recently:...

In His Steps

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us…” —Ephesians 5:1-2 You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. If you examined my running shoe, a size 11.5 Asics Gel Nimbus, you could learn...

Embodied Love

“Just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” – Jesus The parable of the sheep and the goats, from Matthew 25:31-46, has long been an arresting, challenging, and alarming story to me. In this parable, Jesus describes a judgment day scene in...

The Ever-Present Poor

“For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.” – Matthew 26:11 There are some problems in our world that strike us as so monumental that we are tempted to give up before we even start. Poverty is certainly one of those challenges. According...