Monthly Archives: July 2015

New grandson!

My new grandson Alexander Thomas Yi Luper was born today!

Big brother William and I are checking him out earlier today.


We are so blessed!

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balancing the mind and heart for renewal

In his book on prayer, Tim Keller argues well for what I would call a biblically informed theology while seeking (again my words) a deep experience with God. 

I’ve said it before, this book is the most important book on prayer, and therefore growing spiritually, in a long time, maybe ever. It is worth your time.

Recently, a couple of us have gotten to chapter 11 in which he states:

“Owen promotes what could be called a radically biblical mysticism. It comes through meditation on Scripture, on theological truth, on the gospel—but it must break through to real experience of God.”

This is a great description, I think, of what Paul urged when he told to “renew our minds” in Romans 12.

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Russia vetos UN resolution on Srebrenica genocide: meanwhile 1000s march for peace

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Szeged helps refugees

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Christian, are you living as a ruin? As spiritually poor?

Imagine you get a notice that someone left you some money, but for various reasons, you assume it is a very modest amount. You get busy and don’t get around even to checking on it for quite a while. Finally, you do so and are thunderstruck to discover it was a fortune, and you had not been doing anything with it. You were actually rich but had been living poor.

Keller, Prayer, p. 168, a challenge from this text:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭14, 16-19‬ ESV)

Don’t let your life be a ruin.


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20 years ago

A few years ago this week, I joined a pastor and a journalist on a pilgrimage of sorts, to the small town of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia. We were traveling to attend the annual memorial service. Each year as more remains are found they are buried in the cemetery that has become a national memorial.

Because we were traveling to the memorial service, and there was an American in the car. The car we were in was subjected to a very thorough search and my fellow travelers were carefully questioned at the border. This delay caused us to miss much of the service but we found the service on the radio.

This film is a reminder from that day.

There are many events remembering that atrocity of 20 years ago this week. This is a report from the BBC from London today.

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morning reminder

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-23‬ ESV)


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