We Look for Light: Free Advent Devotional

If you’re looking for an Advent devotional to use this Christmas season, there’s no shortage of options out there. Advent (December 2-24 this year) is a wonderful time to intentionally refresh and refocus on the coming of Jesus and anticipate his second coming. A good devotional can do that. A few years ago, I wrote We…

Three Brief Reflections on Reformation Day

Today is an important day. It’s Reformation Day, the day that sparked the Protestant Reformation in Europe. In fact, it’s the 500th anniversary of the day, October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg church, challenging several unbiblical doctrines and practices of the established Roman Catholic church…

A Brief History of Reformation Day

The son of a copper miner, Martin Luther was an exceptionally bright young man. He began studying law at the university level when he was only 13, and he completed his degree in the shortest amount of time allowed. When he was 21, Luther nearly died in a severe thunderstorm. He thought God was threatening…

The One Thing That Grows Trust

Trusting people is hard for me. What about you? It’s not mainly because I believe people are so sinful they aren’t worthy of being trusted. That’s can be true sometimes. No, it has more to do with me. I don’t want to trust them. Trust means I need to be close, vulnerable, intimate. It’s easier to keep…

We All Get to Choose

“You’re gonna have to serve somebody.” – Bob Dylan Every day we wake up with choices to make. Hundreds if not thousands of them. Some easy. Some hard. And we get through the day by making choices. It’s easy to forget this and play the victim. I was reminded of (reproved by?) this at a…

Discipleship is Friendship

It boggles my mind to think of Jesus going to a wedding. This means he was invited to a wedding. That means someone thought of Jesus to be enough of a friend to put him on the guest list. Now, think about this. Jesus saw his fishermen friends struggling to catch fish. After telling them to…