This is one of those scribbles that starts off in the toilet then proceeds into heaven. “I hope,” he says, scratching his beard. There is a bathroom a certain man frequents. When this man first enters the dark and private chamber the lights do hesitate, and then do come on--even while the baffled first-timer gropes along the wall for the usual trigger. Having found none, he thinks to himself, … [Read more...] about Wrecking Everything to Love Us
It really can be inspiring to consider the simple truth that here we are, alive. We are not a cosmic accident. What we do matters. We have choices. The bored neutrality of cynics is not a life worthy of many good parts of the story. At least not for the cynic. What kind of character in this story are you? … [Read more...] about Here We Are
To say that stories don’t matter is a kind of intellectual insanity. To say that our own individual stories (and our interpretation of them) take precedence over objective reality and revealed truth is a deplorable, post-modern, bear trap of arrogant rebellion. Stories matter for many reasons, not least of which is that the story of Jesus is news we must believe and embrace to have eternal life, … [Read more...] about Stories Matter Like Hell
Pictured with his uncle and namesake 4 years ago. My son, who has provided some giggles to readers of this blog, has been upgraded to a 4. Happy Birthday, son. He is a continual source of joy and thankfulness, and quite a wit. He has been quoted here many times (see here, here, and here, here, and here), but one of my favorite quotes from him is contained in the following note I wrote probably … [Read more...] about Humble Hearts and Other Gifts of Grace
So, it stinks to feel bad. Sickness, sadness, and pain of all kinds are a real revelation of authentic, or inauthentic, trust. It’s a challenge to our selfish worldview --our pretensions to the Throne of the Universe. We say in our hearts, “This is not fair. I am good. I deserve to be healthy. I appear unable to control this and that challenges my assumption that I am the master of my life.” At … [Read more...] about Thinking Good About Feeling Bad?
In our little, family Bible study tonight we got to the place where Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, shows up and offers Moses some advice. It’s in Exodus chapter 18. Some of the things I observed in the passage/story/history… Moses spoke with God. God spoke back. He was a rare man, with rare access to Yahweh in a personal way which is hard to imagine. He could inquire of God and expect a … [Read more...] about The Opposite of Rolling Your Eyes
I have the privilege of being a guest poster over at I Saw Lightning Fall, the blog of writer Loren Eaton. I've never met Loren in real life, but on the internet he sure seems like one of the good ones and has always been very encouraging to me. Loren has a cool, thoughtful blog and for some reason he asked for me to be a part of his guest post pulpit supply while he is away. Read my riveting … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of I Saw Lightning Fall
Do you know what toy a baby most wants to play with? The one just out of his reach. So too, are we. Groping infants all, the discontent in our hearts extending in greedy feelers to the world. See similar post here: "The corners of our eyes are a paradise of lies." … [Read more...] about The Natural