The Empty Chairs

In this week after Thanksgiving we’re still aglow with positive posts and tweets of family meals and gatherings. Long tables decorated to make Martha Stewart envious; pies perfect enough to tempt Paula Deen ask for the recipe; and over-achievers getting … 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

How Comfortable Are You With Questions?

“There wasn’t space to ask questions or express doubts in my high school youth group, so I pulled away from the church,” said the young mom now married to an evangelical pastor. “I wasn’t content being spoon fed verses from … Continue reading

The Real Afterlife Tourist

CT recently reported on the decision by LifeWay Christian Resources to pull “heaven tourism” books from the store shelves. Included in the spring cleaning are mega-selling titles 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is For Real. A decision made easier … Continue reading

An Average Blog Post

The first point of ten under the Stress Test Conclusions heading was, “Exercise capacity was good and average.”  Point ten concluded, “Findings consistent with … average conditioning… Exercise capacity was average.” There it was, three times in half a page, … Continue reading

Firecrackers and Epiphany

Firecrackers pop, pop, popped. Young men on horseback rode down the street in groups of three whooping and shouting. A festive mood hung over the small Puerto Rican town our taxi driver drove through en route to the airport. It … Continue reading

New Years and Resolutions – Do You Make Them?

The start of a new year is like an odometer rolling to the next ten thousand mile marker. There’s a big number followed by a slew of zeroes, and you don’t know where you will travel before the next rollover. … Continue reading

How Do You Handle Surprising News?

The angel Gabriel plays the combo messenger/home pregnancy test role twice in the opening chapter of the Gospel of Luke. First he visits the aged priest Zechariah when he’s serving in the temple and tells him he and his barren … 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

When a Piece of Art Won’t Let You Go

It wasn’t Magritte’s paintings of bowler-hatted men, the pipe that isn’t a pipe, or the steam locomotive puffing smoke, suspended in air, emerging from the walled-in fireplace that pinned my feet to the exhibit floor like a butterfly in an … Continue reading