Why So Angry?

Do you know why supermarkets put all the things you usually buy at the back of the store and all the things you rarely buy at the front? What about why some stores don’t put mirrors in change room stalls so you can only see what the clothes look like on you while others are…

Power, Love, and Self-Discipline

For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1: 7 (NLT) You sit down for a job review. Your supervisor goes over a list of nine things you do well and one thing you need to work on. Which one do you remember?…

The Idiot

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2b In his book, The Idiot, Fydor Dostoevsky asks a compelling question, “What would it look like for a truly good person to step into our world today?” Or, to put it more in…

At Rest

This past month has been more than a little unusual for me. It is not just the surgery – I have experienced surgery and have felt pain and navigated crutches before. And it is not just the time away – I have had breaks of similar length over the years. Instead, it is the pace…

Floods and Fires

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 I’ve been thinking a lot about these words recently.  I hadn’t…

Thinking of You and God Together

“I asked him, sir – ‘Shall I tell him you are praying for him?’ and he said, ‘No. I am not exactly praying for him, but I am thinking of him and God together.’” Prayer is something of a mystery to each of us.  It is not so much a mystery like who built Stonehenge…

ADVENT IV: PRINCE OF PEACE

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the governments will be upon his shoulders, And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting…

Advent III – Everlasting Father

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, For to us a child is born, to us a son is givenand the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be calledWonderful Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah…

Advent II: Mighty God

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…

Advent I: Wonderful Counselor

“For to us a child is born, In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…