One of the most transformational experiences of my life happened in northwest Montana while I was in my mid-20's. I had graduated from Texas A&M University, but I was quite confused about who I was, about what I believed about anything, and certainly about where I was going in life. I wound up at Eastgate Academy in the Flathead Valley, and God used that to capture my heart and turn my life around. The founder and director of Eastgate, Dr. Hal Curtiss, had studied Blackfoot Indian culture in depth. He taught us the expression from the Blackfoot language: Hoka Hey! Literally translated "Hoka Hey" means "It's a great day to die." That may sound morbid to you, but it's not a death wish. Hoka Hey is declaration of intent to live each second of each moment of each day to the fullest with no regrets, so that on that day when it is my time to die, I can say, "it is a great day to die." It captures the essence of Paul's declaration in Philippians 1:21 that "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Since I returned to Texas from Montana, Hoka Hey has never been far from heart or my lips. Each summer as I train and disciple young men at Tesoro Escondido Ranch, I teach them what Hoka Hey means -- and together we shout it as men who will not be owned by the world but look forward to the day that death will usher us into the presence of Christ and until then we will live every second of every minute of every day for him and his glory. HOKA HEY!
Posted July 13, 2011 |0 Comments
What are the Ten Commandments are really good for. Aside from the issue of displaying them in courthouses and schoolrooms, what meaning do they have specifically for the Christian? As I began studying I came across this quote in the Bible Knowledge Commentary: Though believers today are not under the Law (Rom. 6:15), they are under obligation to abide by the holy standards represented in the Ten Commandments. I'm trying hard to understand that. Are we under the law or not? Seriously, I don't get it. Smart people wrote that book but that statement contradicts itself. I'm not trying to be dense or a smart-aleck, but the Ten Commandments are a big deal. What we believe about them affects how we choose to behave as Christians.... Keep Reading
I recently read a business case written by a friend who works with businesses and individuals in implementing biblical solutions in their personal and workplace lives. I have tremendous respect for his work, skills and wisdom. However, I was uncomfortable with the primary conclusion of this business case. The story goes that after a particularly successful year, a businessman decided to invest his tithe in his own business. The next year, a slam-dunk contract which was expected to be quite profitable nearly bankrupted the company.... Keep Reading
The 2012 presidential campaign has begun, which is just another way of saying that the 2008 presidential election is over. Barack Hussein Obama is President-elect of the United States and Senator John McCain is exactly that--senator. And oh the hand-wringing has begun. How many times have I heard evangelical Christians wondering (worrying) if the election of Obama is God's judgment on our country? (More than once I've heard that the "choice" between Obama and McCain was evidence enough of God's wrath.)... Keep Reading
While having lunch with a friend a few weeks ago we were talking about the encouragement of being around some of the elder statesmen in the faith--men in their late 60's and 70's who have been faithful in following Christ and leading his church for decades and are now in the "retirement" stage of their lives. I was shocked as he quoted one of these highly respected men saying basically, "I feel like a ship out on the sea with my sail up, but no wind. I'm really having to trust God through this stage because I feel like I have so much to give but no one is asking."... Keep Reading
Posted April 19, 2007 |0 Comments
N.T. Wright, the Anglican Bishop of Durham who became a hero to Evangelicals while debunking the Jesus Seminar and became a heretic for questioning... well, I'm not sure exactly what it was, but some sort of technical theological point that is regarded as incredibly important by some theologians that I greatly admire, has written an excellent review of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.... Keep Reading