God-Empowered Work

I am an engineer. My job is to solve difficult problems, the kind that sometimes make you want to bang your head against a wall. But I’ve noticed in the last year or two that I have significantly greater success with those problems when I take them to God in prayer first.
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Does Satan Hear My Prayers?

Several times a year, my wife gets in the car and meets up with one of her childhood friends for a girls' weekend somewhere. Her most recent trip took her to Denver, which—conveniently—has an Ikea (we needed some furniture). Before she left in the early morning, we prayed together to ask God for a safe, fun, edifying trip. I went back to bed and, as I was falling asleep, thought: I wonder if Satan heard that prayer.
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The Rabinal Achi Church: An Interview

For years my church has supported Bible translators in Guatemala to bring the Scriptures to the Rabinal Achi people. In the course of that we have organized medical clinics and pastor trainings as well. One of our local partners is Eder Ixcopal. To get a better idea of the local culture and needs of the Achi church, I had the privilege of interviewing him.
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The New Reformation

Discussion about race have taken up a significant part of public discourse. The voices are many, as is often the madness. None of it is surprising to the Christian. But even in the church, emotions are running high, and the opinions are far from unifying. How are we to think about these issues? Music artist Shai Linne’s new book “The New Reformation” gives biblical, balanced, and practical advice.
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The Proud Elder

In an article of another blog I follow, A.W. writes about leaders who know how to follow. He writes: What would [young leaders] do when faced with a church body with a hundred other men just as gifted as they are? What would they do when told that they wouldn’t have opportunities to teach quickly, but that the nursery was desperately in need of help, the refugee ministry needed volunteers, and there’s a three year leadership apprenticeship that they could plug into? I can relate to that. Our church is incredibly gifted at teaching with several qualified and talented teachers and pastors. Had I got my wish a few years ago, I would have been one proud elder. Thankfully, God revealed my sin.
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The Joy of Writing

When I grew up we had to use fountain pens in elementary school. (I recently saw someone post a picture of the model I used to have—a “Lamy abc” with a left-handed nib!—and seeing it brought back some memories!) In secondary school no one cared how we wrote, so I started using pencil. In college I revived my fountain pen use, but there is only so much to write by hand for an engineering student with a laptop. If I was going to stick with it this time, I needed more excuses to write.
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No Chains

Spurgeon’s writings are part of my steady diet. I recently added to it the Spurgeon Study Bible. It is probably the first time in many years that I am reading a physical bible again, and I am enjoying it! My reading plan took me to Psalm 37, and I fully agree with Spurgeon’s comment.
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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is our celebration of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. That’s what my family focuses on. But we also really enjoy our Easter Egg Hunt.
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Christians and Culture: An Interview

We Christians in America have our concerns; unfortunately, we are often myopic and forget that Christianity is global. To provide us with a bit of perspective, I decided to reach out to Christians living in other cultures. This is in interview with Mr. G1 in North Africa. I pray it will be helpful to you and hope, Lord willing, that this will be the first of many.
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Spring Sabbatical Review

I took off from writing for the month of March. It helps me to not burn out and focus on a other things. Here are a few highlights.
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