Culture Collision

  “One of the sad characteristics of life on this planet in the 21st century is that we have all gotten more tribal. Under stress, we shrink backward into groups just like us. This is bad news for America’s eternally strained racial environment. The Black Lives Matter movement cannot imagine why anyone could disagree with […]

Carp Diem

A little boy whom I had never seen before tapped me on the arm while I stood in line at the market. “Miss?” I bent low, giving him my full attention as he inquired with wide-eyed curiosity: “Do you know Jesus?” Every cell of my body melted into a puddle!  I wanted to sweep that sweet […]

In the Dumps?

Depression isn’t a normal emotion for me, but I’ve had my share of it this week due to a recent crisis in our family.  (Read previous posts.) Depression is stifling. Not fun. Even a little bit scary. Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: […]

Life After Sorrow

We received the life-altering phone call a month and three days ago. There have been some good moments and some not-so-good moments. Until now, I never understood the horrendous emotions that ebb and flow for the casualties of suicide. One month later, this tragedy still ruthlessly rips at our souls. We miss our grandson desperately […]

The Suffering of His Son

(Please read “Tribute to Tyler” before reading this if you haven’t done so already.) I spoke with my daughter Kirsten this morning. She was crying. I listened. We cried together. She said she didn’t know why Tyler had had to struggle for so many years with multiple health problems. She was sorrowing not just over his […]

Formidable Foes

Sometimes it feels like we are being crushed under the weight of our circumstances, burned by the fire, devoured by the lions, and gouged by the thorn! That’s when we need to remember the Hebrew children who were calm and composed because of their faith in God, in the midst of the torturous chamber of […]

Hosea – Hard Stuff/Happy Stuff!

Making the most of a tough teaching — God’s judgment! The book of Hosea is not for the faint of heart … and, of all the studies I’ve taught, this one (to my surprise) had the highest attendance, most consistently! These faithful attendees weren’t scared away by the content! Were we uncomfortable at times?  Yes! […]