Posts from March 2015

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Do Our Words Matter?

by Ladd

“Dorothy Day used to say that we should live in such a way that our lives wouldn’t make much sense if the gospel were not true. Not everyone feels called to radical service, of course. Yet ordinary Christians must live a way that differs from the surrounding culture or our message will never get a […]

Wrestling Against God

by Ladd

Martin Luther King Jr. once preached these words, “To our most bitter opponents we say do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. Throw us […]

A Compass and a Good Map

by Ladd

The last couple of evenings our Bible study groups have been unpacking the story of Jonah and his encounter with God, a great storm and a bunch of very frightened sailors as recorded in Jonah chapter one. The question we are asking is how do we as Christians relate to everyone else in the storm […]

Are We Asleep in the Bottom of the Boat?

by Ladd

1 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’ 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that […]

Thirsty People

by Ladd

In his book Vanishing Grace, Philip Yancey tells the story of Henri Nouwen and how his prayers changed after working in an AIDS clinic in San Francisco. Nouwen said that as he listened to accounts of promiscuity and addiction and self-destructive behavior he began to realize that there was a thirst for love that had […]

The Lord Remembered Hannah

by Ladd

“Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard; therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “how long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you.” But Hannah answered, “no, my lord, I am a woman sorely troubled; I […]

“Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

by Ladd

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity; and cleanse me from my sin!” Psalm 51:1-2 Have you ever stopped to think about the marvel we call grace? David was a despicable man and knew from first […]

How Important is Jesus in Your Life?

by Ladd

Last post we noticed that Paul tells Timothy to avoid people who are lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant and the list goes on. (See 2 Timothy 3:1-5) After reading my last post a friend phoned me to ask, “how does a person avoid someone who manifests one or more of these characteristics?” […]

Lovers of Self

by Ladd

What does it really mean to be, “lovers of self”? (2 Timothy 3:2) The bottom line is if we put ourselves first then we have to put Jesus second. To be lovers of self-means to live a life that revolves around us and that manifests itself in many ways. Paul tells Timothy that in the […]

Putting Jesus First

by Ladd

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having […]