Entries by Dan Jones

John the Feral

I recently participated in a Bible study of the first eight verses of the Book of Mark. (We will eventually study the entire book.)   Mark begins his Gospel, not with the birth or the genealogy of Jesus, not with the creation of the universe and everything in it, but with John the Baptist.   […]

8,700 Pounds of Grace and Mercy

  Once upon a time (last Saturday, to be specific) after the latest, great, howling blizzard had dumped a foot of fresh snow on my half-mile driveway and the afternoon temperature was a balmy six degrees Fahrenheit, I managed to work up enough motivation to clad myself in my vintage “Blizzard-Pruf(r)” snowmobile suit, a suitable […]

“I Don’t Feel Like I’m Saved.”

  I was listening to In the Market with Janet Parshall on Kinship Radio last week when a lady called in and said, “I don’t feel like I’m saved.”    And I’m certain that everyone listening knew she was in tears when she said it.   I’m also sure I’m not the only one whose […]

When a Plan Comes Together

  The living nature of the Bible can be absolutely astounding at times.    Many of us have shared stories about how something we’ve seen in God’s Word suddenly leaps off the page and shouts to us. A song or teaching or the announcer on Kinship Radio can trigger that, but when the Holy Spirit […]

Behold, I Make All Things New!

Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (ESV)   So, one of the things I like to do, that I try to do when writing this blog — is know what […]

Musings of an Old Kid at Christmas Time

There’s a Christmas song on Kinship Radio by Toby Mac I’m sure you’ve heard if you’ve been listening at all.  It’s called “Christmas This Year,” and in it Mac evokes that image of being ten years old and rushing to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning with all the joy and anticipation and excitement of […]

Christmas as God’s Nuclear Option

I have a pastor friend who is somewhat fond of deploying “The Nuclear Option” when it looks like the forces of darkness might be advancing too far or too fast. He’s also been known to hurl a Holy Hand Grenade or two. These are the verses that are clearly in the Bible, but that we […]

Shalom on Earth

Many of you are aware that the Hebrew word, “Shalom” is commonly translated into the English word “peace.” But it’s much more, much deeper, than that. It means not only peace, but harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility. At its essence, it means peace with God. It means a full and utter reconciliation with […]

The Power of Kin

  Kinship News Director Jay Rudolph recently reported on a Pew Research Center poll that found most people around the world rank “family” as the most important thing that gives their lives meaning.   Christianity has long recognized the importance of family. It’s ingrained into the very DNA of our worldview. We refer to ourselves […]

Come to the Table

As we prepare to gather together with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, the song going through my head is one you’ve probably heard on Kinship Radio before –“Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets. It’s about sinners being restored and taking a place at the table granted to them by their Savior.   As I […]