The Error in Daddy God

One popular and broadly accepted idea that has eroded, if not eradicated an appropriate fear of God in prayer and worship is the promotion of ‘abba’ as ‘Daddy God.’ The phrase now dominates popular thinking and any mention of “fear and trembling” before the Lord is too quickly dismissed, at times discouraged or even disdained.…

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Far Too Familiar

Recently, in a meeting of prayer leaders, I began to share regarding our ‘familiarity’ with God, the use of intimate language without any reference to God’s ‘otherness’ – and I will never forget the look of shock that registered on faces. It was as if I was saying something they had never heard before. In…

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The Face of God, the King

Moses was told, “You cannot see my face, for man may not see Me and live” (Exodus 33:20). Prayer can never be understood apart from the regal nature of the encounter and the environment it implies, something about which we Americans know very little. That the writer of Hebrews would urge anyone to ‘come boldly’…

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Fearfully Made

Of all the wonders – the glaciers, the Alps, the Grand Canyon, the isles of the Pacific, none compare to man. The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! That is, a ‘fear’ of God and for God is in our DNA. Only the blind fail to see it. An engineer charged with…

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Sandy Hook – Echoes!

Today, in the small, previously unnoticed community of Newtown in Connecticut, there were more funerals. Following the unthinkable acts of Friday, December 14, 2012, families, indeed, a nation is still sorting out personal feelings. Underneath Christmas trees lie presents that will never be unwrapped, at least, as intended. Small plots of ground will now bind…

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The Fear of God

A major ideological loss to the theology of the modern Church is the utter dismissal of the concept of ‘the fear of the Lord,’ which is no marginal Biblical notion. It is mentioned more often than the love of God (150 times[1]) The exact phrase occurs about 27 times, twice as often as the mention…

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Worldliness

Remember when ‘worldliness’ was a major issue in Pentecostal churches? It is hardly mentioned now! In fact, it is code word for being out-of-date, too old-fashioned, and probably legalistic, certainly not ‘with-it.’ A few generations ago, the avoidance of worldliness equated with a somewhat exotic social-cultural profile. And amazingly, holiness folk were willing to endure…

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Obama and his record

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama, who had characterized conservatives almost a year earlier, in April 2008, as people who “cling to guns or religion” became President. He is the first sitting President whose views on the Christian faith and whose own faith background, that of being raised as a Muslim, was so dissimilar…

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