Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Virtue — June 12, 2017
Simple Joy — June 7, 2017
Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Faith — May 13, 2017
Simple Church — May 12, 2017
Simple Love — April 23, 2017

Simple Love

God doesn’t define sin to condemn us but to warn us about what harms and destroys …

Because He loves us enough to want us to have abundant life.

When we reject that …

We condemn ourselves.

Simple Love — March 15, 2017
Simple Virtue — February 15, 2017

Simple Virtue

My prayer for the next generation:

That you reject the tyranny of “tolerance” without sound morals …

That you affirm true liberty, which is the freedom to pursue and practice virtue …

And that you embrace the confidence of authentic love, which never forgets that only God’s “truth will set you free”.

Simple Virtue — February 8, 2017

Simple Virtue

Eating junk food …

Makes no more sense than consuming junk culture.

One corrupts our bodies …

The other our eternal souls.

Yet the answer is not retreat, fear and isolation.

Let’s learn to be immanent in a world God yet loves …

While transcending its perils with what is eternally true, good and beautiful.

Simple Discipleship — January 15, 2017
Simple Truth — January 2, 2017
Simple Virtue — November 24, 2016

Simple Virtue

Handing out meals across some impersonal divide to “others” whom we deem “less fortunate” …

May have its place.

But not as a substitute …

For opening our homes to share meals together as “brothers” who we honor and esteem above ourselves.

Maybe this is why the Kingdom of God advances more through open hospitality …

Than mere charity.

Simple Virtue — November 13, 2016
Simple Truth — November 5, 2016
Simple Love — October 26, 2016
Simple Joy — September 22, 2016

Simple Joy

​Many mornings I wake up grateful. 

I get my coffee, watch the sun rise, and think of the blessings God has restored in my life.

Too often we look at what we’ve lost …

And forget to appreciate the wonder of new opportunities, new relationships, and even new purpose and meanings in Christ. 

He makes all things new.

Simple Love — September 16, 2016

Simple Love

​”Christians” who interpret Christ and judge His Word by their own notions of love …

Rather than conform their notions of love to Christ as authoritatively revealed in His Word …

Know not Christ nor understand love.

Simple Discipleship — September 13, 2016

Simple Discipleship

​Interpreting someone else’s situation and culture through our own lenses – even with the best of intentions – thwarts mutual esteem and understanding. 

In contrast, the Great Commission means going and entering into very different realities – where people are very different than us. Few do it.

Jesus bids us “go” with a fierce love that takes us outside our own limited perspectives.

Only then can we truly go embrace “others” as brothers in Him.

Simple Love — September 10, 2016
Simple Love — August 13, 2016
Simple Love — August 12, 2016
Simple Love — July 14, 2016
Simple Virtue — June 6, 2016

Simple Virtue

Jesus cares enough to affirm in Romans 13 – and elsewhere – the State’s obligation to protect innocent lives by stopping evildoers …

With the judicious use of deadly force, if needed.

Deny this, and we reduce love to a distorted sentimentality which lacks substance …

While sacrificing others on the altar of a false Jesus of our own creation.

Simple Love — May 23, 2016

Simple Love

True love doesn’t just affirm hope and compassion, but also opposes what enslaves and destroys.

Those ministering grace to folks who are lost and know it …

Understand this.

Those, however, peddling a conceptual faith that’s never put into practice …