March 24, 2020

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Who among us doesn’t have a personal story to illustrate that? I believe good communication is like a good campfire. It needs constant tending and refueling...

March 17, 2020

Joshua (The Story chapter 7) presents two moral dilemmas. First, the text shows God leading his people into war. Second, the directive is to annihilate. Abraham's earlier intercession for Sodom speaks for us, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?...Far be...

March 10, 2020

Karen and I attended the marriage conference called “A Weekend to Remember” at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids last February. It was a fabulous weekend full of help for today and hope for tomorrow. More than 850 were in attendance and I must say we've never...

March 3, 2020

The drive for self-fulfillment is the Kool-Aid of our culture. Everybody wants to drink it.

“Live your best life”

“Become the best version of yourself”

“You do you”

Here’s the problem with me being me-- I won’t argue that I can’t or shouldn’t try to tease out a better vers...

February 25, 2020

Fasting is an ancient spiritual disciple. It's been in disrepute for most of the modern era. Growing up in the Methodist church I never heard any teaching on fasting from any clergy or lay leadership. Why is that? Perhaps the best explanation is our modern understandin...

February 19, 2020

Readers of the book of Exodus are not prepared for what they find in the episode of the golden calf. Everything seems to move along wonderfully from the miraculous liberation of slaves to the awesome revelation at Mt. Sinai. Then suddenly and incredibly the nation of I...

February 11, 2020

Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (Matthew 5:37) One couldn’t overemphasize the importance of those two little words. They control the speed of your life, the depth of your relationships and the condition o...

February 4, 2020

Isn't that an oxymoron? I mean the word “parenting” and a “twenty-something” in the same sentence? Here’s a myth: adulthood doesn’t magically happen at age 18 or 21. There are many tasks our children must master before they fully mature from getting their own housing t...

January 28, 2020

One of the experiences prescribed for student chaplains at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois is to witness an autopsy in the hospital morgue. So it was I found myself holding a human brain in my hands to be weighed and measured. It was a holy moment in...

January 21, 2020

Jesus  said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23) This...

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