The Preciousness of Pauses in Life

As embarrassing as it is to admit it, there have been plenty of times when I was so caught up in the hustle and bustle of DOING life, I completely missed that my wife was hitting on me.  And even worse, I occasionally even got irritated Lisa was "interrupting" my dinner making, bill paying, blog … Continue reading The Preciousness of Pauses in Life

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The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

What does “heaven” mean to you?  I put “heaven” in quotes, because in addition to what we usually think of when we hear the word “heaven”, I’m also talking about where do you want to be?  What is paradise for you?  What is the point and goal of life to you?  More to the point, … Continue reading How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

Who are YOU? How Finding Our Identity in Christ Saves Us

Have you ever wanted to die?  I distinctly remember sitting on a plane preparing for landing, when it hit a patch of turbulence that jerked us so violently it seemed we would crash.  As the other passengers' faces turned to horror with loud gasps and cries, all I could think was: "Yes! Thank God I'm … Continue reading Who are YOU? How Finding Our Identity in Christ Saves Us

A Letter to a Concerned Friend on How/Why Christ Still Means EVERYTHING to Me

I've been a Christian my whole life.  As a young adult and into the onset of my thirties, I was of the Evangelical and conservative sort, generally speaking.  It seems as life happened and things got real, my beliefs shifted and changed.  To make a long story short, and to greatly oversimplify for the sake … Continue reading A Letter to a Concerned Friend on How/Why Christ Still Means EVERYTHING to Me

A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

We become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale   Recently a friend of mine was having a REALLY hard day and tearfully shared with me: “What is WRONG with ME?” The story isn’t mine to tell, so I’ll just say my confidant was heartbroken and disoriented. As we talked for a while my heart … Continue reading A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

Believing Love Wins, Beauty is Everywhere, and Salvation is for ALL Will Revolutionize Your Life

 “For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did NOT send the Son into the world to condemn the world, BUT in order that the world might be SAVED through him. (John 3.16-17, emphasis … Continue reading Believing Love Wins, Beauty is Everywhere, and Salvation is for ALL Will Revolutionize Your Life

Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life

“God becomes and God un-becomes.” “I pray God to rid me of God.” - Meister Eckhart “God is only our name for it, and the closer we get to it, the more it ceases to be God.” - John O’Donohue restating Meister Eckhart’s words   By speaking “God”, we speak less of and less than … Continue reading Names Matter: Realizing Jesus’ Actual Name was Joshua Will Change Your Life