Read and Rattle

Read and Rattle

Today I began a Bible reading challenge. I invite you to join me, because it’s fast and short and personal. This week we’re looking at the first five chapters of Proverbs. Today (Tuesday)  we’re reading Chapter One of Proverbs. Thursday we’ll read Chapter Two, and so...
The Simplest Form

The Simplest Form

Karl Barth was the most important Swiss theologian of the twentieth century. He is best known for his landmark commentary The Epistle To The Romans. But he is also remembered for this uncluttered saying, “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Think about that for a...
Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

Dory: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills! When life gets you down do you wanna know what you gotta do? Marlin: I don’t wanna know what you gotta do. Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swim-ming, swim-ming, swim-ming. What do we do? We...
Church is Hard

Church is Hard

A tip of the hat to Anna, who pointed me to this post by Jacob Waldron. ======= Church is hard. Church is hard for the person walking through the doors for the first time, afraid of judgement. Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire...
The thing About Eagles

The thing About Eagles

My buddy Tucker collects eagle figurines. Some are carved, some are cast. He’s easily got a few dozen of them in a display case, and others throughout his home. It’s kinda his thing. Eagles often represent freedom, and he’s come through a lot of bondage in his...
Intended Beauty

Intended Beauty

Has beauty ever made you cry? Has it ever pointed you to the heart intention of our God? The older I get, the more often this happens. In most cases, it’s the overwhelming beauty of nature. This week, the overpowering beauty was in the first intention of a creature...