Everything is in bloom now. Of course it’s Spring so it should be. But, in arid Arizona desert any burst of color is a big deal! While walking my dog yesterday and seeing all the color around me, I remembered the great jazz classic entitled “Spring Can Really Hang YouRead More

In a previous post I mentioned that my wife and I are under a lot of stress from many angles. Well, nothing’s changed except that a few more “opportunities for growth” have emerged. And, the stress factor has increased accordingly. But (and this is a theological “but;” see Ephesians 2:4Read More

I’ve been meditating on how I respond/react to trials. Not surprising, I find that most often I don’t respond in ways that honor God. In the trials of life I do so want to go the way of Job and proclaim “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;Read More

My wife and I are under a tremendous amount of pressure lately. Financial, vocational, relational, spiritual, geographical; you name it, we feel it. The intensity is immense and I feel much like the Apostle Paul as he catalogs his concerns in ministry (2 Corinthians 11:24-29). As he observes, there isRead More

I was sad to learn that Louie Bellson has died. While in Chicago performing along side Louie’s nephew, a fine tenor sax player himself, I had a chance to meet this legendary jazz drummer. Louie was doing a sound check in the lounge of the hotel where we stayed andRead More

I became a believer November 23, 1978. A close friend, who himself had just come to be a Christian, listened patiently as I shared the difficulties I was having in my former marriage and the sense of hopelessness that I felt. Without wasting time or words, my friend told meRead More

Our home is for sale. Our realtor team told us that hosting open houses don’t work; they rarely bring a buyer. Our neighbors told us that if we buried a statue of St. Francis of Assisi upside down in our back yard, that our home would sell. After all, theyRead More

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals” (Proverbs 12:10). I don’t know about being “righteous” but we sure do take good care of Phil’s needs! He’s been the best pet we’ve ever known and we love him dearly. And, since our pup is one smart cookie, I thoughtRead More

Many years ago at our home in Colorado we hosted some long-time friends and during a conversation, I admitted that I’ve not been especially patient as a parent and had lost my temper on not a few occasions during the years our kids were growing up. In turn, my friendRead More

If you’ve not heard Eva Cassidy (d. 1996) sing “Over the Rainbow” then you have truly missed something special, something perhaps heavenly. I was first introduced to her by some dear friends in Kansas. While we sat around their dining table, knowing my music background, they asked that I listenRead More

“Who are you?” Seriously. This is not a trick question. At first reading it seems rhetorical, but it is a very important question for the believer. You see, being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb denotes that we have a complex identity. Although we are are uniquely and entirelyRead More