Author Archives: Plymothian

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.

Shame. Desperation. Disappointment. Faith

At the mere mention of shame, desperation, disappointment, and faith our emotions will often begin to tremble.  They are topics of conversation in the public marketplace, but not all the dialog is helpful.  As I have been thinking about what … Continue reading

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MLK: My Gratitude and My Plea

As a foreigner, I am a latecomer to the appreciation for Martin Luther King Jr. that is celebrated in January each year.  I have been aware of the name of the great man since I was a child.  However, the … Continue reading


First Steps in Discipleship

Something deep in me stirs when I read tales of Middle Earth.  Middle Earth is the fictional land created by J. R. R. Tolkien that is inhabited by dwarves, elves, men, and hobbits.  The most famous pair of books that … Continue reading

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Establish Jesus’ Authority in 2017

The following two articles appeared in the media in 2016.  They show how the public arena is becoming progressively free from Jesus and his influence: MENOMINEE, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A nativity scene that’s been displayed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as … Continue reading

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Christ the Saviour is Born

Many wars are being fought right now and many of them do not seem to be cooling down.  For example, the war in Afghanistan has been raging since 1978.  With the collapse of internal order different governments and different rebel … Continue reading

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God as Lion

I remember the feel of my first toy lion.  His name was Parsley, but I don’t remember who gave him to me.  In the 70s in England, another lion, Drooper, featured on the Banana Splits show which was aired regularly … Continue reading

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Merciful Redemption

As I was reading through Luke 1:57-80 in preparation to speak at Warrenville Bible Chapel, a single word jumped out at me, that word was ‘mercy.’  In my life I have often struggled to understand mercy because it gets confused … Continue reading

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