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THE LESSER LIGHTS

WALKING IN LIGHT, EMBRACING TRUTH, CONQUERING DARKNESS

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When Oceans Rise

Anger swells, and then recedes, replaced by guilt. Then, more anger. And then sadness. These feelings flow in waves, like the tide. It’s just so senseless. And unfair. All humans have the potential to shine light, but God grants some souls extra wattage. K’s light was extraordinary. And she was just a child on the brink of living...The world needed K. The world needed a million Ks...

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

In Matthew 18, Jesus' disciples asked him this question: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" The disciples expected Jesus to establish an order. Lay out who was the best, most devoted among them. With whom was Jesus... Continue Reading →

“Darkness produces good mushrooms but poor flowers.”

In the Bible, Job did not avoid darkness, and he did not avoid God. Instead, he brought his questions about the darkness to God. He wrestled with God. Job refused to be silenced by darkness, and he refused to fear darkness. He kept speaking truth, kept pleading. He kept wrestling through the dark. Finally, he had a break through. He emerged enlightened, and in God's light . . . .

We Have This Hope: Healing as a Hero’s Quest (with God as the Mentor-Helper)

We don't have to live in fear, for God is with us in triumph and tragedy. Facing our brokenness is an epic journey of sorts, into the abyss of pain. But He catches every tear, and He never leaves us alone. No tear is cried in vain. From our pain, He creates purpose. We can rest knowing, not our will, but His will be done.

Holiness, the ‘Reformation of Manners,’ & Modern Culture

Wesley and other sanctification preachers throughout history called the Church, the "light of the world," that "city upon a hill," to a higher standard of both personal AND social holiness...

10 Lessons of Light for Dark Days: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Heart Full of Grace, & A Soul Generated By Love

This week has been particularly painful for many. The Senate's Supreme Court confirmation hearing coverage was all-consuming. Once again, without asking for our consent, persons who had others perpetrate acts of violence on them found themselves in the center of... Continue Reading →

What Reason Can & Cannot Do: John Wesley’s Sermon #70

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, right? So what purpose does reason serve? Is reason of the world and faith of the heavens? Are the two diametric opposites? What says the... Continue Reading →

Eye of the Storm: 13 Songs for Strength & Carthartic Release

Whatever brings you to God's calm in the storm, here are 13 songs that have brought us that cathartic release during difficult life moments.

Power, Love, & Sound Mind

How does something like the Catholic abuse cover up occur? How do societies ever allow evil acts to become "norms"? Two reasons: fear and power. More precisely, a weak mind is fearful of worldly powers, superficial hierarchies, social authorities. It is fearful of upsetting the status quo, even when that status quo is unholy. But God doesn't give the spirit of fear. He gives the spirit of power and sound minds...

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A Little Leukemia: Lessons in Betrayal, Trust, & Sanctifying Grace

Trust is precious and fragile. Every human relationship requires some degree of gifted trust. All social contracts are built on trust. When we trust others, we lower ourselves. We expose our throats believing the other party would never cut us at the jugular. We depend on them, and they on us. We expect mutual loyalty, mutual love, mutual fellowship, mutual support...

From the Headlines: Sexual Assault Survivors Clap Back & Invoke Change

"As Christians who speak to the necessity of accountability, transparency, and the pursuit of truth and right, should we not be the first to submit ourselves to the same processes we call for secular institutions to follow? And if the sexual assault of children is not important enough to motivate us to pursue these biblical truths, what will be?"

Lamp for Our Feet…Light for Our Path

Feeling tired, stuck, lost, overwhelmed? Is Satan trifling and trying to steal your joy? Here's some light to get you through the day. 🙂

The Cost of Christian Obedience

"Jesus Christ does not need your protection; he needs your obedience. Obedience means that you pursue justice and you stand up for the oppressed and you stand up for the victimized, and you tell the truth about the evil of sexual assault and the evil of covering it up . . . [I]f we’re not speaking out when it costs, then [the gospel] doesn’t matter to us enough."

Prince of Peace, Sword of the Spirit, Twinkling Christmas Lights, & Worthy Disciples

As Christians around the world set up their decorations, take part in holiday celebrations, and giftwrap presents, we should all pause and reflect on what it means to be a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ. Read more...

Fool Me Twice, Part 2 (Defaming the Abused & Silencing Democracy)

When we willfully look at reality through opaque glass, we purposefully distort the truth, defame the abused, and silence democracy. What does it take to silence democracy? Not much. The recipe includes a little disregard for truth, a few omissions... Continue Reading →

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