Become!

Become!

A tip of the hat to Kelly Lovell who pointed me to this piece by John Roedel that I’m reprinting today. John is a comic, husband, and father of three boys based in Wyoming who has written about lack of faith, mental health wellness, grief, and the joy and pain of...
His Pasture, His Dirt

His Pasture, His Dirt

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that humanity had come such a long way that they no longer needed God. So they picked one guy to go and tell God about their decision. “God, we don’t need you to care for us or love us or interfere in our lives...
Define Your Choices

Define Your Choices

God is strategic. He has a plan laid out for your life that encompasses even the tiniest of details. He is not vague or approximate. He does not waffle or wane. He is orchestrating every note of your symphony. Every word of your story. Every brush stroke of your...
Gaurds and Walls

Gaurds and Walls

Day Four of the five-day Bible reading challenge. Proverbs chapter 4 today. The scripture that made me take pause, that has rattled around in my head today: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 NLT I don’t know...
Grab a Handful

Grab a Handful

As a kid I learned a valuable lesson. At least I thought it was valuable. If you’re gonna pull one cookie Mom told you not to take, you may as well grab a handful. You’ll get in the same amount of trouble for taking five cookies as you would for taking one. Follow me...
Tuning Forks

Tuning Forks

How do you fix bad pianos? With a tuning fork. How do you fix bad singers? With a pitchfork. Well, it’s an old orchestra joke. Because there certainly aren’t any NEW orchestra jokes! This is Day Two of our five-day challenge: Reading one chapter of Proverbs each day...
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...