When Lent Loses its Impact – What Then?

“I’m giving up Facebook for Lent” profile photos popped up last week. A girlfriend changed hers and asked not to contact her this way, “Please use some other method– not Facebook or Messenger.” Another said, “I’m doing it again this … Continue reading

Know Who’s in Your Cloud? Time to Learn Some Names

The writer of Hebrews beat Apple to the cloud concept by a few millennia. More than a binary data storage bank for easy access, the cloud in Hebrews 12:1 is composed of the faithful who’ve successfully completed the project. Their … Continue reading

The Brandon Tree

The spindly pine seedling poked a few inches above the Styrofoam cup clutched in my kindergartner’s hands. He proudly held his Arbor Day gift and wanted to plant it. Our yard was narrow and heavily shaded by mature maple trees, … Continue reading

One Who Fell and Put the Pieces Back Together Well

The news story first broke in June 1987; the one when my former senior pastor confessed to an adulterous affair. Assemblies of God pastor, Jim Bakker, received the mainstream press’ attention that year for his alleged sexual misconduct and financial … Continue reading

Whose Words Do You Treasure?

“Who are some of your favorite authors?” the seminary student inquired of the guest speaker, a veteran ministry leader. “The dead ones,” she replied. She went on to explain, “It’s easy to write a book when you’re on the upswing … Continue reading

When the Silence is Broken — Zechariah and Gabriel

How long will you wait for a response to your voicemail, text, email, marriage proposal, bid on a house? How long will you wait for a customer service employee to come back on the phone or for a doctor’s office … Continue reading

Over the Hill and Then Some – The Pluses of Being on the Back Side of the Hill

Turning forty is a milestone birthday, the first of the dreaded biggies ending in 0. Greeting cards and decorative paper napkins don’t ease the pain: “Happy 40th! You’re Over the Hill!”  Friends still in their thirties rag you for being … Continue reading

Opening Doors to Pass the Time

When we were kids, my younger sister and I pulled back the numbered paper doors on the Advent calendar at breakfast. To prevent daily squabbles, one of us had the odd days, the other the even. The doors were hidden … Continue reading

Steps to Take to Avoid Unhealthy Churches

The harsh words laden with angry flew from the preacher’s mouth, flowed through powerful overhead speakers and dripped on the thousands seated in the church. This wasn’t the first time he’d used guilt to promote godly behavior; it wasn’t the … Continue reading

The Flower Pot Saga

For the last several years I’ve kicked off the gardening season with a renewed resolution, “This year the flower pots by the front door will look stupendous.” Ever the student, each well-designed pot I come across before heading to the … Continue reading