A Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low by thee. Let me be full, let me be empty.... Continue Reading →

To-Do Lists, Todays, and Tomorrows

It has been a long week, made that way by anxiety, stress, and a subsequent lack of restful sleep. These weeks come along to me regularly for some reason. I suppose (perhaps) because my brain isn’t wired to always handle everything that comes my way; I mean, I look at other people and they appear... Continue Reading →

Currently Reading

From Amazon.com: "Life is turbulent. On that, we can all agree. Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks. In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the... Continue Reading →

Mumbai Morning

On a typical morning in the over-crowded slum of Annawadi located next to the Mumbai airport, the people wake early to begin another day of trying to secure their existence. Those with homes – extremely small, tenuous constructions of something once resembling fabric or cardboard – are thankful they have any shelter at all. Even... Continue Reading →

Holy Moments

Twenty-seven years ago today was my mother's funeral. Simply put, I thought I was going to die, too. But I had a little one of my own that needed her mother, so I kept getting up and going on. Some days, that was the extent of it. But as time moved on, I discovered that I... Continue Reading →

The Temple

This past Sunday morning, I experienced one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard. I know that sounds trite and hyperbolic, but seriously – this one moved me. While listening to our minister’s powerful exegesis of the second chapter of Galatians, my brain made a connection to a book I’m currently reading: Simply Christian by... Continue Reading →

Looking Up

As I was finishing The Bible Tells Me So, one of the most moving parts I read was Peter Enns’s description of the unfathomable size of the universe: The known universe is 13.7 billion years old. Traveling at the speed of light, it would take about 100 billion years to get from one end of... Continue Reading →

The View

With a little time, and a little more insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human... Continue Reading →

A Blessed Mess

After writing every day for the past 40 days of Lent, I feel a bit like Sarah Bessey at the end of Out of Sorts: You and I are sitting in a mess of half-unpacked boxes, aren’t we?… I know that the idea of wilderness is sometimes romanticized in literature or sermons…but there’s nothing romantic... Continue Reading →

Seminary

When I was 11 years old, I started the yearly tradition of spending two weeks every summer with my maternal grandmother in in the "city." Having grown up on a farm without running water or phone service, staying with my grandmother was an adventure in more ways than one. At Grandmother’s house, you could use... Continue Reading →

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