It’s Monday morning, 4:59am. Another week begins. What graces will God reveal this week? What graces has God revealed last week? If God graces me with grace this week, will I recognize it as grace? Be gracious to me, O Lord,    for to you do I cry all the day.Read More

Dear Pastors/Leaders: When visiting your church, please don’t make me walk into a dark auditorium without the ability to read the bulletin you passed out at the door nor without the ability to see those sitting near me so I may greet them or they may greet me. Please don’tRead More

I’ve been charged with being too analytical. Two recent, real-life cases in point: A few days ago I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner and my daughter was sitting at the dining table with her Macbook. She said, “Dad listen…” She then read this to me “Do everything without complainingRead More

Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint commentary titled “Etiquette Arising” hits home for me on many levels. It speaks to the value of virtue and the change in culture that can “arise” from exercising moral excellence. Colson says a high school teacher who modeled respect for the young girls in his class demonstratedRead More

I’m almost always a bit surprised when I see someone wearing a cross as an instrument of adornment. Once, about 30 years ago now, a friend and I wandered into a store where the clerk was wearing a cross around her neck and my friend asked “Do you wear thatRead More

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a timeRead More

Dear God, Be with this child Be with his soul, Make him Yours Complete and whole. And when he strays Bend his knee, To seek Your face His all in Thee.Read More

I long for God to act in the tangible, material world but I don’t always see him doing so. My good friend recently said to me, “Good grief. If you’re a non-charismatic, Protestant without Holy Spirit experiences or the sacraments, what’s left?” Thankfully, we have left the “little things” ofRead More

Spanning the distance between knowing the right thing to doing the right thing is not easy. In fact, there can be a threshold we come up against where the more we know, the more we are held accountable (see James 4:17, for example). So why should we obey? Is obedienceRead More

Reflections on a Proverbial Saying Many years ago, when watching a movie at a theater with my wife, the storyline peaked with the bitter and prolonged weeping of a man who tragically lost his wife after only being with her for three years. Throughout the movie, the man was theRead More