Inviting Jesus into Our Storms

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was (more…)

The Only Box That Ever Contained God

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.—Luke 2:7

Many people people today try to put God inside a box. There’s Cosmic Genie God, who lives to grant our wishes. There’s Social Justice Warrior God, whose primary concern is equity. (more…)

Give Thanks in All Things

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I love Thanksgiving. I love the family gatherings and the food and the laughter and the photos and the traditions and all the leftovers. I love having a long weekend to enjoy with loved ones. I love the fact that Thanksgiving (more…)

Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.—James 2:19

Years ago, I worked for the popular pastor of a large church. People were draw by his charismatic personality. He shared so many personal anecdotes in his messages that people felt they knew him. This made for some borderline creepy scenarios, both in person and via email. 

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The Death of an Innocent One

For Christ died for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

Over the 16 years we have lived in our house, some of the wildlife on our property has come to view us as part of the landscape. Gary Cooper, (more…)