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Building a Bridge

By Scott Tolhurst | December 22, 2023

I am terrible at fractions. Ask me to divide 3/8’s by 6/7ths, and watch my eyes glaze over.* It’s not that math is foreign to me, nor that I can’t…

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Guilt and Shame

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom.8:1, ESV)   There is a difference between guilt and shame. Failing to recognize the distinction leads…

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Cancer, Comfort and the Cross

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had no sign of its presence. I was living symptom free, completely unaware of a growing invasion of malignant cells.  Were…

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Suffering & Pain

Psalm 102 (ESV) contains a heading.  It says, “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”  Before the opening line, Psalm…

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Heart and Song

A while back, my wife and I decided we wanted another heartbeat in the house. Age, energy and strata rules narrowed our choices, so we decided on a bird. Not…

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Experience Is a Severe Teacher

My wife and I have become trailer travelers. The statement suggests more proficiency than is appropriate. “We are learning to be trailer travelers” is more accurate. There are resources available…

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From the Holy Land: My Prayers for the Faithful

As I write these words, I am still jet-lagged from an over 2-week pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan. I have done these tours in the past, and each one leaves…

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Not Like Us

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord” – Is.55:8, ESV I prefer these paragraphs to focus on matters of heart; to…

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Of Butterflies and Gentleness

The presence of God can be flash and crash – thunder and lightning. It is fireworks on Mt Sinai. It is the holy smoke of glorious fire. It is the…

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Christless Christianity?

I don’t often do a book review. Furthermore, to do a book review of a book published in 2008, is late. But truth be told, I had not read Michael Horton’s “Christless Christianity” until now. I was looking for something different and engaging to read. Michael Horton’s book caught my attention.

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Normal Is Gone

I have many questions about the first Easter morning. My theological muscle tries to wrestle the event into a size I can grasp, but my curiosity is swallowed by mystery.…

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Let’s Agree on Sin

I recently read a blog written by a man who expressed gratefulness that he was in a church that talked about sin. He had been raised in a church where…

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Down the Hall

Some years ago, I had to make an emergency trip back to Ontario. That’s where I was born and raised, where my parents were still residing. Mom had a series…

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