Build Your Church

I’ll admit it, I’ve been frustrated with the Church lately. For a long time, really, but especially this past year. At a time when we should have been shining our brightest and offering hope to a world in crises, we showed our worst. We argued publicly about who’s right and who’s wrong. We strained out … More Build Your Church

Adding Color

Many years ago, I had a transformational encounter with Jesus. One of the analogies I made at the time was that I felt as though I had gone from the black and white beginning scenes of The Wizard of Oz to the full vibrant technicolor the film shifts into once Dorothy lands in Oz. No, … More Adding Color

Love Wins

Last week I posted some musings on a variety of things. This paragraph was included: Love wins. Period. There is no person, no program, no politics, and no policy that can eliminate the division in our nation, or the darkness that is so prevalent in this world. It should go without saying that dogmatically expressing our … More Love Wins

Becoming the Solution

I freely admit it…I have more questions than answers. There have been many heartbreaking and divisive issues facing our nation in recent months and most of the time it is hard to know how to respond. So most of the time I don’t. It’s certainly not because I don’t care. And it also isn’t because … More Becoming the Solution

One Voice

To our God we lift up one voice …With one heart …One mind …And one accord We worship One God …With one purpose …One passion …And one desire This has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Because this has been His dream since before time began.  I’ve had glimpses of the fulfillment … More One Voice

The Disconnect

A few lines was all it took. It was a “random” preview of an upcoming book written by a young man with a passionate hunger for the presence of God. I don’t know what the book is about as a whole. And I have no idea of its merit as a whole (although I suspect … More The Disconnect

A Prayer for our Nation and for our (New or Re-elected) President

Tomorrow we will elect the next President of the United States. Rarely has a presidential race been as heated and divisive as this one. Personally, I have stronger feelings about this election than about any in recent history, yet for the most part I have not felt compelled–or even released–to speak out about my own … More A Prayer for our Nation and for our (New or Re-elected) President

Uncomfortably Close

The corner of the coffee table was digging painfully into my knee. My left arm was completely numb. My right arm, contorted at an unnatural  angle, was well on its way to the same state. My neck was stiff; my back and feet ached. I was beginning to sweat … No, I wasn’t engaged in a torturous … More Uncomfortably Close

The Wave

I had been sitting on the shore soaking up the sun for long enough. It was nice on the beach.  I had everything I needed to be content and comfortable–a soft blanket, a protective umbrella, great books and great food.  I even had a lot of great company. Together we basked in the warmth of the sun. Together … More The Wave

Emerge and Converge

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. –Amos 3:7  We know in part and we prophesy in part. –1 Cor. 13:9  Your plans are emerging. We see, yet we don’t. We know, but not in full. Unveiling and unfolding; Revealing and beholding.   The unseen, will be … More Emerge and Converge

Grace and Truth

“We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” –John 1:14 Grace and truth – two small words large with meaning.  Although they oppose and contradict each other at times, they live in complete harmony within the heart and mind of God.  A paradox … More Grace and Truth