I always love this time of year because my strawberries are ripe for the harvesting. That may be an understatement, because we are swimming in strawberries. I love my garden and seeing it bloom, and bring forth delightful treats for my family. Although my wife and I are now enjoying the fruit of our labors … More Rain or Shine
Faith lies at the heart of the Christian message. But what is it? Does it have any content? How should we express it? I have found in my limited experience that discussions concerning faith can lead to very interesting places depending upon whom you are speaking. For Christians, faith is an essential component. A faithless … More Sola Fidei
I’m not a visual person. I couldn’t accurately describe my baby’s face or my wedding dress to a sketch artist. But as I consider shame and guilt in my own life, my mind’s eye can recall in vivid detail the ground or carpet present in those memories. It wasn’t until I sat down with Laura … More Immunity to Shame
One of the central teachings of the Christian faith is that God is holy. We are reminded in Isaiah 6:3 that God is not merely holy but is “Holy, holy, holy.” The holiness of God is a demonstration of His transcendence and purity. We are drawn to consider in the holiness of God that He … More What Does God Require?
One of my favorite things about God is that He is gracious. In fact, God reveals Himself to Moses as One who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…” (Exodus 34:6 ESV) I don’t know about you, but I need to know more about these things. I think … More Grace and Justice
The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther once said, “God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick.” Have you ever felt like a crooked stick? As if somehow your past prevents you from being used by God. Maybe you’ve even felt as if your past baggage continues to stand in the way of your … More You Are Not Hopeless
Do you remember that delightful thing called winter? I imagine many of you are already lamenting the cool breeze of autumn, and are hissing at the very thought of winter knocking on our doors. But I have to admit (the chagrin of many) that I love winter. And I especially love blizzards. I always enjoy … More God’s Irresistible Grace
There are a few figures that often make it into children’s storybooks that baffle me. You have the classic story of God’s great wrath upon mankind in the story of Noah. I still don’t understand why the mass genocide of the earth in the tale of Noah regularly makes it into Little Timmy’s nursery. Another unexpected … More Worst. Prophet. Ever.