August 19, 2017

Homework is never fun, but researching for a novel about sex-trafficking is heart-searing, brain-cleaving, stomach-punching yuck.

What drives the demand? That's the part I simply can't understand.

The numbers are traumatizing, but they're not just numbers. They are child...

August 9, 2017

We celebrate our Emmanuel.

God became human, and human history changed forever. The creator of the universe became a vulnerable newborn. He wrote our story and wrote Himself into it.

He created us to think and decide for ourselves. Knowing we would reject Him, He created...

August 9, 2017

I see a lot of disturbing words on social media, a lot of arguments reduced to name calling. Reasoned discussion is abandoned for argumentum ad hominem, personal attacks.

Rather than listening to opposing views, we vilify our presumed opponents with generalizations and...

August 9, 2017

I dreamed of finding a hidden treasure.

My backyard was the world. A rickety trailer, the rusted bed of an old pick-up truck, was my mighty ship. I was the brave adventurer battling the stormy sea and all who would dare breach my path to the buried treasure.

My worl...

August 9, 2017

Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in a sea of words.

It doesn’t matter which side of the Titanic you’re standing on, each side wants to blame the other, meanwhile the ship is going down, down in a spinning sea of words.

But these words didn’t set the ship off cours...

August 9, 2017

Where was Jesus during my storm? Didn’t He care? Didn’t He know the storm could kill me?

The boat was practically on its side, but He was asleep at the controls. I was getting blasted by waves and couldn’t even stand on the deck. How was He sleeping?

Did I wake Him? Did...

August 9, 2017

Why does this symbol cause “all hell to break loose?”

A middle school student is prohibited from wearing a cross necklace, a gift from her grandmother.
A university buys a church building. Before any other renovation, the cross is removed.
A city council removes a small...

August 9, 2017

I pause to remember the pilgrim that I am, a wandering heart, wondering what promise the world has to offer, whom to trust, what to believe, where to settle this soul. I reflect on Governor William Bradford and “the saints” who settled on Plymouth. This new world was n...

August 9, 2017

"People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be fo...

August 9, 2017

"Prison is a test of faith. I was always worried that the storms of this life would break the ship of faith, but when you stand in the steadfast ship of faith, the storms are like a nice breeze. Nothing can break the ship of faith. These walls have created more fervor...

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