Category Archives: Bryan's editorial

Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Scared: Psalm 143

Psalm 143: A Prayer Not to Be Killed, or Something Worse  A psalm of David.  1 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for mercy. Answer me because you are loyal and good.  The writer stressing the truth that God … Continue reading

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The Modern Tax-Collector

Luke 18:9-14, ESV He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax … Continue reading

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A Masked Brokenness

“The great weakness in the North American church at large, and certainly in my life, is our refusal to accept our brokenness. We hide it, evade it, gloss over it. We grab for the cosmetic kit and put on our … Continue reading

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Wrestling with the Pythons of Clinical Depression

“I have studiously tried to avoid ever using the word ‘madness’ to describe my condition. Now and again, the word slips out, but I hate it. …’Madness’ is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who … Continue reading

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