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The Slow Motion Fall of Afghanistan

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:30 AM

None of this surprises me. It was predictable when both Presidents Trump and Biden said they intended to simply withdraw without a game plan to avoid this exact scenario. We’re playing out Saigon again, but with a force that will be unlikely to become a semi-friendly trading partner someday.

Time Names St. Louis One of Its Top 100 Places

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 11:30 AM

Nice to see St. Louis get recognized for the great place it really is. We have our problems, but STL really is a wonderful city and I love when someone actually takes notice.

Steadfast

The Cheeseburger Made Me Do It (August 9, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:22 PM

God calls us to unity, but the Church struggles to follow that calling. What does being one who seeks to live according to the “bond of peace” really look like for us?

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 32: Numbers)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:37 PM

What do we do when the waters of life seem rough? We turn to the God who is our lifeguard and helps provide the safety of a pool of His Grace.

OFB

I Want Five Stars to Mean Five Stars

Something Has Gone Wrong with the Modern Customer Service Survey

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:39 PM

Something a bit more lighthearted: my musings on the oddity of customer satisfaction surveys that dock employees for anything less than perfect scores. Do such policies bug anyone else?

It was an innocent — even endearing — touch when I received a delivery today. The delivery person left a sticker on the bag thanking me for my patronage. The sticker depicted five stars, a not too subtle hint at his desire for a five star review. And he deserved it — the items came quickly and correctly and in perfect condition. But, it got me thinking about how weird our view of customer service surveys has become.

Steadfast

Flood Stage (August 2, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:19 PM

What are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper meant to do? How do we make sense of them? Are they mere empty rituals? Things we can do to save ourselves? Something else?

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 31: Hebrews)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:19 PM

What do the Olympics have to do with the life God has called us to? Let’s race to the answer tonight as we turn to the Letter to the Hebrews for 52 Verses from 52 Books in 52 Weeks!

National Whistleblower Day

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:26 PM

It is apparently #NationalWhistleblowerDay and so it was fitting that Facebook served up this old status “memory” of mine from this day 12 years ago:

[Timothy] is thankful God comes along for the ride in adversity.

2009 was an incredibly hard year (understatement of understatements). That “adversity” I referred to was finding myself in the storm trying to stand against the onslaught of a spiritually abusive leader (see the related posts I’ve attached to this entry). Unfortunately I’ve encountered others since and I’ve met an awful lot of people who have been hurt by such leaders. Pray for those who are facing such things now. May we all stand against the abuse of power in the Church that is Jesus’s and His alone.

God does come along for the ride. He is with us and I pray that everyone who might feel alone — maybe someone reading this tonight — might know that God does this and He never sides with abuse.

Steadfast

Are Our Headlights Out? (July 26, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:16 PM

What should we believe about God’s Word? What does God’s Word tell us about itself? How should we approach it if people have used God’s Word to hurt us? Those are questions we turn to as we dig into the next subject of “Pieces of Faith:” God’s Word.

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 30: 1 Corinthians)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:02 PM

Merry Christmas (in July)! I couldn’t resist jingling all the way into 1 Corinthians today! Oh what fun it is to share God’s Word with you! 🎄

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