Clutter, clutter everywhere . . .

If you dump a box of toys in front of a toddler, many of them will just give you a quizzical look. But if you give them just a toy or two they are able to focus on it, engage their imagination, and in no time they’re having a great time. That’s because sometimes less isContinue reading “Clutter, clutter everywhere . . .”

Praying Wisely

A couple in their sixties is walking along the beach when they spy an object hidden in the sand.  They uncover it, knock the sand off, and identify it as an old, old lamp.  Before they know it—POOF! —a genie appears to grant them three wishes.  They would like to travel the world they tell him andContinue reading “Praying Wisely”

The Thrill of Hope

There’s a lot to be found in the world of YouTube, isn’t there? Some of it’s good, some not, and the vast majority of stuff falls somewhere in-between. I came across this clip and I thought it belonged in the first category. Part of it has to do with the person playing the piano, Billy Preston. PrestonContinue reading “The Thrill of Hope”

Hello August

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to BethlehemContinue reading “Hello August”

A Picture Of Prayer

The story of Hezekiah can be found in 2 Kings 18-20 and 2 Chronicles 29-32.  Hezekiah was a good man who lived during a bad time. Nonetheless, he stood for God and made sweeping religious reforms in Israel’s worship. He went after the high places (often neglected by other “good” kings), sacred stones, and Asherah poles. He evenContinue reading “A Picture Of Prayer”

Too Wonderful For Me

I’ve come to realize as an innumerable host of people have, that I can’t begin to fully fathom, appreciate, or explain how great our Father’s love is for us. It’s like the size of the universe—I understand at some simplistic level that it would take at least 92 billion light years to travel from oneContinue reading “Too Wonderful For Me”

Thinking About The Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is one of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. As such, it has profound implications for us. Here are three. 1. Our body is an essential art of our identity. There’s a little saying that goes something like this: We’re not human beings on a spiritual journey,Continue reading “Thinking About The Resurrection”

Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (2)

Though He died the death of a common criminal by being crucified on a cross, there was nothing common about Jesus’ death. The gospels zero in on this uniqueness: Matthew writes, “When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit,” (27:50). Luke records, “Jesus called out in a loudContinue reading “Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (2)”

Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (1)

When we touch the cross, we put our finger on the pulse of the universe. We touch something that is warm, alive, and vital. Yet it is also holy, arguably the holiest ground of all. With that in mind, I invite us to take off our sandals and approach the cross in reverence, awe, andContinue reading “Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (1)”

Wearing God Down

There’s a popular belief that if disciples pray hard enough about something and with enough faith, it will happen. After all, didn’t Jesus say something about having faith and moving mountains? Therefore, if we just get enough people with enough faith to pray hard enough about something, God will give us our heart’s desire—right? ChurchContinue reading “Wearing God Down”