Of Refugees, Politics, and Jesus

If there is something sad that characterises how we approach difficult or controversial issues in the age of internet memes. It is that the extremes move to center stage and gain all the attention. The pithy, mic-drop sound bite becomes the be all and end all in the debate. Emotion packed retorts push out any …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 49:13-15 “Rescued by God”

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;     yet after them people approve of their boasts.[b] Selah 14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;     death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.     Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell. 15 But God …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 46:1-7 “Finding Security in God”

We are a people consumed by the need to feel secure. We want to have a secure financial future. We want our children to be secure in school and their car seat and on their bicycles. We have color coded security levels at airports and train stations. We have metal detectors going up all over …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 41:1-3 “What Goes Around, Comes Around”

The Bible says that you reap what you sow. Put another way, what goes around comes around. In other words, your actions have consequences and if your actions are good and helpful and just, then eventually goodness, help, and justice will come your way. If your actions are cruel and deceitful and wicked, then eventually …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 40 “God Does Not Want Your Religion”

Bashing religion has become something a the intellectual sport du jour. If you want to make a splash then write a book about the death of God ro the evils of religion. Even among evangelical Christians religion bashing, and bashing the church along with it, has grown in popularity to immense proportions. People think it …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 39:1-7 “Life is Short, Make the Best of It”

Average life expectancy continues to climb thanks to the advances in medicine, hygiene, nutrition, and improved working conditions. Yet life is still relatively short compared to eternity. David writes this Psalm asking God to make him aware of the fleeting nature of life in order to be focused and make the most out of every …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 38:1-9 & 21-22 “The Failure of Self-Esteem”

Clearly David has self-esteem issues. The guilt that drips from the verses of this Psalm is palpable. He is feeling God's displeasure. God's arrows have pierced David's heart and the hand of the Lord's discipline weighs heavy on Him. For many people today such a view of self and of God is rejected out of …

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