A word about the name of this blog. Solomon said, “Do not let mercy and truth leave you” (Prov 3:3). In other words, “mercy and truth” are vital qualities God’s people should have; therefore, wrap yourself with them like a scarf or necktie, write them on your heart like the most vital principles you could ever know.

The truth we preach must be balanced with mercy, and our mercy towards others must be infused with God’s truth. Where do we get this idea? These two concepts sum up the character of God himself (Exod 34:6). The Hebrew of Exod 34:6 was eventually translated into Greek then it found its way into English. God himself became known as “full of grace/mercy and truth” (John 1:14). Not a bad example to follow.



A month in advance of the COVID-19 health crisis that has shaken our society, and likely our culture as well, I was reading and thinking through the book by Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Though authored in 2015, I believe it speaks to us at this moment in time.

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Expect

God’s Way is Always Better than the Way You Expect.
Few people experience life just as expected. The Bible is full of examples. David expected to raise sheep in his home town of Bethlehem. But God called him to be a king. The young Jewish girl Mary planned to marry Joseph and quietly settle down in Nazareth surrounded by family and friends. But God called her to birth and raise the Savior. Paul the Pharisee expected to rise in the ranks of the Jewish faith and continue to defend the Law. But Jesus intercepted him on a dusty road to Damascus and called him to take the Good News to the Gentiles.