Author Archive | David Searight

Empty Glory

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” was the cry of the large crowd who heard that Jesus was coming to the feast in Jerusalem.   There was no doubt what they thought of him, he was representing Yahweh, the promised king who would save Israel. […]

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History is Devotional

There are many motivations to read history.  It’s fun, if not downright hysterical to read stories that wouldn’t be believable if they were made up.  History is educational.  You discover where you’ve come from.  You learn how things came to be as there are now.  You can avoid the mistakes of the past. There are […]

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A couple of nights ago my three-year-old son came downstairs and in his best superhero voice said (just imagine his fists on his hips and chest pushed out), “I’m the strongman, I can do nothing!” With big smiles on our faces, we tried to correct him, “Don’t you mean anything?” He replied, “No, I can do nothing!” We’ve […]

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Do Not Forget!

The holidays for me, like many of you I’m sure, are a mixed bag.  Christmas is not only a wonderful season of thinking about the gift of God in the flesh.  It is also a time of tasty traditional foods, gift-giving, great fun with family and friends, and happy memories of previous holidays with those dear to […]

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Luther’s Discoveries

For the past couple weeks I’ve spent time with a good friend, Martin Luther.  It’s been a rich and fruitful time! I would encourage anyone to do the same.  As I was rereading Luther’s Lectures on Galatians (1535) and Heiko Oberman’s biography Luther: Man between God and the Devil (A must read!), I was struck […]

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The Dictator Within

The Bible tells us that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  So what do we do?  Typically we tell ourselves to act humbly until we are truly humble.  But this seems to highlight the problem, namely, our pride.  How prideful it is to think that we can, by our own volition, […]

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Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD! The translation of the familiar command “hallelujah” can often fall on dead ears, even for those that clearly love God and love to praise him.  Aren’t there times in our lives when worshiping God, not just in song but in all aspects of our lives, just doesn’t seem all that appetizing?  And […]

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Our Jealous God

For a while any time I read that God is jealous, whose “name is Jealous” (Ex. 34:14), it didn’t sit well with me and left me confused.  How could God be jealous when jealousy is wrong? I always heard as a child it was wrong to be jealous of another’s skills, friends, possessions, etc. and […]

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Why is Prayer Weird?

Prayer can often be strangely alien. If you think about it, prayer in our churches can be quite otherworldly. Prayer often seems to be inexplicably a-relational and bizarrely formulaic, which conflicts with the reality presented in the Bible. In God’s story we find that prayer has depth, ceaseless frequency, and a naturalness many of us […]

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Love Speaks

In my first days as a Christian I had difficulty telling others about Jesus.  I was more concerned about rejection by others than my appreciation for him.  Also, at times I feared that I was ashamed or embarrassed to be associated with him. I had no problem having an intellectual discussion about the proof of […]

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