A Lazy Summer Day

This might sound a little odd, but there are two things that I have consistently wanted throughout my life. One is a rocking chair, and the other is a hammock. The desire for other things has come and gone, but the desire for these two things has stubbornly persisted.  I think that somehow, they have representedContinue reading “A Lazy Summer Day”

An Invitation This Easter

In the time between when they saw their Lord Jesus crucified and when they saw Him again as the resurrected Christ, the disciples must have felt so many emotions: despair, grief, anger, disbelief, fear and shock. But what does the biblical text tell us about how Jesus’ disciples reacted? Silent Sabbath There is very littleContinue reading “An Invitation This Easter”

Through the Eyes of a Child

When you serve for any length of time in children’s ministry, especially in the early elementary school years, you quickly learn to anticipate the answer you will get from the kids for any question asked of them. Their response is always Jesus. The louder they shout their response, the more their faces shine. Seriously, noContinue reading “Through the Eyes of a Child”

Letter to a Friend, Part Deux

Dear friend, You might be wondering why I opted to write “Part Deux” as opposed to “Part Two.” Am I a snob? Am I trying to impress? Probably so. Actually, no.  I was once fluent in French. I majored in the language in university and had the opportunity to study abroad to develop fluency and experienceContinue reading “Letter to a Friend, Part Deux”

Consider Jesus…

The last month or so, my church has been in a teaching series that has been a reflection on some of the older hymns not as commonly sung during Christian worship services anymore. Throughout the series, we have sung contemporary renditions of these same hymns that resonate in the soul with their simplicity and power.Continue reading “Consider Jesus…”

The God Who IS There

“Do you see things that aren’t there?” I must admit that when this question was asked of me recently, I felt like a defendant being grilled by the prosecuting attorney. Seriously. It was a direct, very specific question, but there was trickery in the air, especially in this conversation (more on that below). It seemedContinue reading “The God Who IS There”

Always and Forever

Have you ever thought how odd the word heartbreak is? Merriam-Webster defines a heartbreak as “crushing grief, anguish or distress.”  When a beloved family member passes, we experience heartbreak. A friend’s girl friend gets engaged to another man, and we might describe him as broken-hearted (or perhaps we see opportunity? More on that later…).  Most people will fully understand whatContinue reading “Always and Forever”