Psalm 127

Missio on Self-Reliance: The Mythical “Work-Life Balance”

When I have read Psalm 127, I have found it hard to connect its first and second half. The first half seemed to focus on the humility that human workers should have in light of God’s sovereignty, saying, “Unless the Lord builds the … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Reflections on The Revenant – How Bad Do You Want It?

Emerging from a late screening of Alejandro Iñárritu’s recent film, The Revenant, I was struck by the indomitable power of the spirit of man. The Revenant tells the story of Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, an early-1800s fur-trader, blazing … more »

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The Lone Branch Bears Fruit

There are two things that I know to be true: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 There is not a single verse … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Tolstoy on July 2016

 “Vanity! Vanity! And vanity everywhere, even on the brink of the grave, and among men ready to die for the highest convictions. Vanity!”[1] – Leo Tolstoy, “Sevastopol in May 1855” The news headlines from a recent New York Times read: “Blast … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Unless the Lord Builds This Next Shift

Psalm 127, at least as I read it, seemed to talk about two different subjects.  First it spoke of the futility of trying to build something or succeed in an endeavor without the Lord having a hand in it. The … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Unless the Lord Builds the House (Psalm 127)

The stress of the modern workplace is well documented.  It’s a big ocean out there, and there are lots of things that can eat you really quickly.  Downsizing, acquisitions, an ever-hastening technology cycle…anyone is suddenly vulnerable to being out of … more »

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Unless the Lord Builds the House…

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) Honestly, I think my grasp of Scripture comes in and out over time. I understood this verse in a spiritually mature way a few years ago, then … more »

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