When the Magi worshipped the newborn Messiah, they presented him with gifts of “essence.” The essence of gold had emerged from a fiery trial. Wounded trees yielded the essences of frankincense and myrrh. When a wound on a tree penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree secretes a resin. Frankincense is made … More GIFTS OF ESSENCE


Our technological culture has transitioned from turning dials to pushing buttons to touchscreens to voice activation during my lifetime. When I think of dialing down, I think of the old technology for turning down the volume or turning down the heat. There is a tendency in life for the sound of the noise around us … More DIAL DOWN!


A Biblical worldview must address issues regarding the testings and trials of life. Even a cursory reading of the Bible reveals that testings and trials are a standard component of the human experience. The narratives of Scripture highlight the real-life struggles of its characters and their varying degrees of success or failures in navigating these … More DIFFERENTIATION


Anchored in His Person and Presence “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by … More ANCHORED AND ALIGNED


Besides physical work-outs, spiritual and psychological exercise is also critical during transitions. Several consequential thoughts have reinforced my mindset as I process vocational changes. This day was coming.  When my mother turned 80, my brothers and I gathered in San Marcos, California. We took mom out to dinner to celebrate her milestone. Mom enjoyed affirming, … More TRANSITION AND METAMORPHOSIS – Part 4


One of my positive distractions from an unhealthy focus on the current pandemic and subsequent isolation has been to stay informed on humanity’s exploration in outer space. On November 15, 2020, SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ lifted four Astronauts, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and, Soichi Noguchi, to the International Space Station (ISS). The four-person crew spent … More PROGRESS IN UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION Progress in Understanding Cultural Truth

“The heavens declare the glory of God;  And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) God reveals His existence and nature through His physical creation. Likewise, God also reveals Himself through His sovereign oversight of cultural developments. We all have a world view, an understanding grid through which we view life. Developing and articulating a world-view … More PROGRESSIVE REVELATION Progress in Understanding Cultural Truth

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION The Pursuit of Truth Concerning the Nature of God

As I have been meditating on this topic, I have experienced a recurring imaginary scenario. Imagine astronaut Neil Armstrong attending a first-century Christian house church meeting dressed in the spacesuit he wore while bounding around the moonscape in July of 1969. Those first-century disciples would have no frame of reference to comprehend the being that … More PROGRESSIVE REVELATION The Pursuit of Truth Concerning the Nature of God