Righteousness: His, Yours? (or Ours?)

“All of us are dirty with sin. All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth. All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away. “  Isaiah 64:6, NCV ________________ I have this reoccurring nightmare. I jump out of a plane.  I deploy […]

The God-Players, [Death Wish]

1 The Problem Is Myself,   by Earl Jabay   About twenty-five years ago, in a small Midwestern city, a group of young boys were playing baseball. It was a team tryout. Every boy was doing his best to impress the coach. Robbie was a catcher. Younger than the two other boys who were trying out […]

Are You Too Righteous?

“Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?” Ecclesiastes 7:16 I’m thinking out loud about something, so I should alert everyone.  Anyway, I’m thinking about “scruples”.  The dictionary defines scruples as “an uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action.” The malady developed in the middle […]

Shedding Self-Importance

“I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.”  D.L. Moody April, 2000 Shortly after Lynn and I were accepted by Kachemak Bay Christian Center to be their pastor, we traveled to California to be with family for a few weeks.  On our return to Alaska we drove from Anchorage to our home in Homer […]