I used to think hypocrites were the worst. Give me the truly honest person any day – the person whose words and actions always line up. I’d rather have the person that outwardly rejects faith than the person who says he believes, but his life reflects something very different. How could I listen to someoneContinue reading “Hypocrites are the worst”
I learned a few weeks ago that my beloved coffee shop across from my office building closed permanently. When I heard the news, I wasn’t shocked, but I was quite sad. But as the weeks have passed, whenever I think about it I feel a gripping grief. As I lay in bed last week, thinkingContinue reading “Grief, Mourning & a Coffee Shop”
During times of doubt, crisis and stress – I tend to ask myself a question: what do I know to be true?
I stood in a hotel ballroom surrounded by many friends and acquaintances. There were some I knew well – and some whose faces were only vaguely familiar – but I felt so much solidarity with each person. We all shared a common purpose of going. We had counted the cost – and chosen to leaveContinue reading “The Call to Be Weird”
I realized she and I likely shared the same human condition that goes back to the very beginning. Wanting what we don’t have. Being discontent with what we do have. Not stopping to appreciate the moment we’re in.
Just in case you somehow missed it – something pretty exciting happened last weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Fifty years since their last appearance (yes, 50 years!), the team whose may (or may not have) coined the term Super Bowl took home the trophy for only the second time ever. HavingContinue reading “Chiefs Kingdom and a Better Kingdom”
A reading wrap-up from January
“I think you’re scared of everything.”
His words had barely escaped his mouth before I started refuting them. I began to cite all of the scary things I’d done.
I had the privilege of growing up in a family that encouraged me to read the Bible and memorize Scripture. I remember memorizing passages of the Bible in Sunday School or Children’s Church even before I had the ability to read. I even diagrammed sentences in my school curriculum… from the King James Version! ButContinue reading “Hiding the Word in our Hearts”
(written for my church Advent devotional) What if the Lord had not been on our side? Let all Israel repeat: What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmedContinue reading “What if?”