My Top Ten Posts of 2012

Sometimes the most helpful emails are those that get to the bottom line. If you have just started following my blog, you may have missed the top ten posts of 2012.

My Top Ten Posts of 2012

(Photo: from the Christian Film Database)

I have listed them here from number 10 down to number 1.

Click to continue reading »

Twas the Night AFTER Christmas Poem

I’ve decided that during the holiday season we should change the mall’s name to “maul.” I’ve never seen such mayhem—kids running, parents screaming, angry people in long lines—all to the music of “Joy to the World” in the background. Good grief!

Twas the Night AFTER Christmas

(Photo by Stephane Bidouze, via Vivozoom)

If you decide to head to the “maul” the night after Christmas, you’ll see more of the same chaos—a rush of returns in exchange for . . . even more . . . stuff.

So in honor of these days after Christmas, I’ve decided to try my hand at rewriting Clement Clarke Moore’s Christmas classic.

Here she goes. (Ahem.)

Click to continue reading »

The Influence One Person Can Have in Christ [Podcast]

Sometimes it feels like we make no difference at all.

Esther found herself in a place of incredible influence, providentially placed to do what was right in a wrong-headed culture.

Wayne Stiles Podcast

Like Esther, we must realize that God has placed us where we are for such a time as this, and we must say and do what is right . . . even if we stand all alone.

Esther 4

Listen now:

Open this podcast in iTunes

Finding Hope in Jesus’ Transfiguration

Sometimes we need a good dose of hope and encouragement. We can get so obsessed with the weight of our cross that we forget Jesus showed us what lies beyond it. Today’s hardships can distract us from tomorrow’s hope.

Finding Hope in Jesus' Transfiguration

(Photo by Andrew Storms Happiness CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Jesus’ Transfiguration wasn’t some sideshow He did one day for fun. It came at a point when the disciples desperately needed some hope.

Scripture records it to offer us the same thing.

Some hope when we need it most.

Click to continue reading »

Offerings in Leviticus—What They Were and Why They Mattered

For most Christians, the book of Leviticus is as untraveled as the wilderness in which Moses wrote it. It’s not hard to understand why. I mean, who cares about sacrifices no longer needed or diet codes no longer in effect?

Can they teach us anything today? In a word: plenty.

Offerings in Leviticus—What They Were and Why They Mattered

(Photo: Offerings were made in the Tabernacle. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable. —2 Timothy 3:16

Here’s a brief summary of the five offerings in Leviticus—what they were and why they mattered. I’ve also included a free chart you can download and a short list of resources to help you make sense of Leviticus.

Click to continue reading »