Growth

Listening Prayer

I thought I had ‘arrived’. It was my job, no my responsibility, to light the campfire. My teacher had been my dad. One of the things he emphasized was that a fire needs room. The kindling could not be dumped into the fire pit jumbled askew on each other. No, it needed to be placed,…

Unity in God’s Family

They laboured throughout the darkness of the summer night. When the August sun rose over Berlin it glinted off 30 miles of freshly strung barbed wire. During the rest of 1961, the East German authorities reinforced this initial partition with concrete walls, watchtowers and machine gun emplacements. By the 1980s, the Berlin Wall extended 28…

Do You Know the 3 R’s of Character Formation?

The car in front darts into your lane, you spit out ‘fuddle duddle’ or something like that. The boss says he wants to see you after lunch, your stomach flips, folds and fixes itself into a knot. The deal sounds too good to be true, maybe even to be legal, but you shut-up those thoughts…

Waiting Is Key to Following

Agitated, I stood and strode down the long corridor to scout out the main passenger lounge. No new shops or kiosks had been built. No new services were being offered. It was as it had been every other time I had visited that day. It was a very disappointing distraction. The authorities had first delayed…

Stone depicting three crosses

Rock-be-rolled Faith

The three women knew where the body of Jesus had been laid to rest. They had been eyewitnesses. They had seen Joseph of Arimathea lay out the shrouded corpse in the tomb and seal it with a rock on the Friday we call Good. Now it was Sunday and these same women were seeking Jesus.…

Have You Been Hosted By Jesus Lately?

Jesus wanted to host his disciples at the Passover meal. He eagerly desired to do so. He still does. He wants to host you and me at his Table. The Lord’s Supper emerged from the Last Supper and the Last Supper was the final Passover Jesus celebrated with his disciples during his earthly ministry. Against the…

Help Me In My Unbelief!

Before Jesus arrived, a father had asked the disciples to help his demonized son (Mark 9:14-29). They failed. The man was disheartened. Now in response to Jesus’ questions, he says, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus leans into this man’s hopelessness and says, “‘If you can’? Everything…

Try This and Encounter God

I counted 37. They are all cheap. Some are tattered others are coffee-stained. But in my spiritual pilgrimage, these 37 have played a vital role. Sometimes they stop my racing soul. Sometimes they illuminate a dark corner. Other times they replay what I missed in real time. I love them. They are the stop sign in my…

hands up with fish sign

Testimony Can Build Up Faith

I had this pocket notebook. Before smartphones, it was my go-to organizer and reminder. In the warehouse where I worked, I used it to record employee’s payroll queries, phone messages, absentees and more. On one occasion a warehouse worker was accused of a crime. The worker’s lawyer contacted me to serve as a potential witness.…