I wrote this post over two years ago and I keep coming back to it as a major theme in my life. It’s like my soul’s melody. I’m trying to attune my spirit to the presence of God as often as I remember. It sums up the work that’s done in Spiritual Direction, which is … More Listen Softer…Again
Back in July I posted something on my blog that was a “repost” of a well-written article about what the author, a popular blogger and pastor, would do if he found out one of his kids were gay. While I agree with his sentiment, and his best intentions to model love to his children, I … More The Messiness of Parenting (The Messiness of Love)
What does the other side of the Jordan River look like? What does it represent? For the Israelites who wandered around the wilderness for 40 years, you might think the other side of the Jordan looked like “freedom” or “deliverance.” Wait a minute: Didn’t they experience their rescue from slavery when God miraculously parted the … More On the Other Side
There are a few moments in life one can never forget. I’ll never forget the day my wife was rushed into the surgery room for an emergency C-section. My first son was born that day. I’ll never forget when my wife had to go through labor to deliver our baby daughter, Jordan. We went in … More Love Like Jesus
A strange and disorienting experience is not something to be feared or avoided, but something to be welcomed and embraced. God stretches and shapes me most when I am out of my comfort zone, unable to exist in cruise-control, uncertain of the outcome, unwilling to go back to the way things were. Even though I … More Surprise!
“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalm 123:1 NRSV) When I am frustrated, confused, tired and feeling hopeless, I don’t lift up my eyes to the LORD. I don’t trust in God like I say I do. My actions and my attitude often reveal my lack of faith. … More Refuge
I wrote the following devotional for a ministry publication entitled “Resourceful,” published by David C Cook. It is based on the lyrics to the song “Make a Way” by Jason Ingram and Jon Egan (released by Integrity Music on Desperation Band’s 2014 recording entitled “Banners”). I was listening exclusively to this album, and this song … More Make A Way