The last nineteen months have been unlike any other period of my life. During that time, my mother, my father, and my only sister passed away. Losing three family members in such rapid succession has a jarring effect. The news of their passing (or imminent departure) came at difficult moments. I was in a green…

My father, Henry Blackaby, had the deepest and most profound influence on my life of anyone I have ever known (rivaled only by my mother). He modeled for me what it means to be a man of God. He demonstrated what loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength looks like. There are…

We are awash in words. People feel compelled to post on social media that they are bored, eating porkchops for dinner, or proud of their football team. The quantity of articles and blogs that now populate the Internet would have been unimaginable back when articles appeared only in print magazines. Twenty-four-hour news outlets spew forth…

There’s a fascinating account in Judges chapter six in which an angel visits Gideon on his farm. The divine messenger hails the young man, saying, “The Lord is with you valiant warrior!” (Judg. 6:12). Gideon responds, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened? And where are all his…

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), an English philosopher, declared in his book Leviathan that the life of man was “. . . solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Though we might be put off by his pessimistic outlook on the nature of humanity, notice what God said about society during the time of Isaiah: “For your hands…

One of the most controversial figures in American military history is Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Aggressive and eager for success, he was immortalized by his famous defeat and death at Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. The popular image ingrained on generations is that of Custer and 210 cavalrymen facing insurmountable odds as thousands…

One of the mightiest heroes of Ancient Greece was the famed Achilles. According to legend his mother, Thetis, held him by his heel and dipped him into the river Styx in an attempt to make him invincible. Unfortunately for Achilles, the heel by which his mother held him was never submerged in the water, leaving…

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My dad has a book coming out this month: The Solomon Promise: The Key to Healing America and Ourselves. It is not entirely new. It is based on an earlier book he wrote called Holiness: God’s Plan for Fulness of Life. That book originated from three powerful sermons he preached when he was in his…

I suspect one of the marks of people of faith is the number of people who warn them to be more careful. My father received that advice a lot. I can’t count how many times people told him he was reckless to keep starting mission churches when his own church had so many financial needs….

It was a time of enormous upheaval and uncertainty. Political pundits and economists brimmed with opinions about what the future held. One thing was certain: change was afoot. The outgoing leader certainly had flaws. He had been prideful. He was not always receptive to critical feedback. But his successes had been many. The economy soared…

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