If you've paid close attention, the last few posts here have been related to lament. That's mostly because I gave a seminar (earlier today) on that topic at our Cru Winter Conference in Denver. Another reason---for the recent posts and my interest in giving the seminar---is that much of this past year was lamentable for … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Mourn 2017
It's the pits. The worst, most depressing situation you can imagine. We use it playfully today, exaggerating our circumstance. The saying has lost its luster. But it was not always so. Out of the 150 chapters in Psalms, perhaps as many as 65 to 67 of them are laments or what we can call "complaint … Continue reading The Pits and Christmas
"Wilderness is still the place of worship." - Michael Card, A Sacred Sorrow Everything Jeremiah knows and loves is gone. The enemy has come into his city---God's city--to steal, kill, and destroy. To him, the world is ending. He mourns the destruction of his nation in the Old Testament book of Lamentations. There, he uses horrific … Continue reading Wilderness Worship
I’m happy to share with you a little devotional I wrote for Advent, We Look for Light: Readings and Reflections for Advent. There are twenty-five readings with related Scripture passages and questions. I pray it’s a blessing and that it helps you worship Christ this Christmas!
Where do you start after taking almost five months off from blogging? The last time I posted a blog was May 7. We had been in Nebraska for a full month and were neck-deep in fundraising. Time was at a premium. Blogging was not a priority. It's appropriate, I think, to share my thoughts about … Continue reading In Transition, God is Enough
Our 20 month-old Titus, a brute of a boy, was churning his chunky legs up the grassy hill with a determined, yet jovial look on his face. He was on mission to find a Black and Decker toy drill. He is a boy's boy. Tools, balls, trucks, tractors, dirt, collisions. He was in heaven. We … Continue reading Tasting Heaven in the Backyard
Inspired by Philippians 4:10-20 Dear Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel, We have greatly rejoiced in the Lord because it’s very clear you are concerned for us. Indeed, you've always been concerned for our well-being. You've showed it in various ways. Yet you didn't always have opportunity because our needs weren’t always tangible. Sometimes they weren't even noticeable! Our need … Continue reading A Brief Message to Our Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel
For Carly and me, our call to ministry came long ago. Before marrying, we both sensed that the best hours of our days and weeks would be devoted to introducing people to Jesus and equipping them in their faith. We've been doing that in various ways for all of our seven years of marriage. For the … Continue reading From Shepherding to Spreading
Listening to 24-hours of Christmas music on the radio this month has probably made you realize one thing: the classic Christmas hymns have much more depth than "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (no offense, Mariah). Did you realize, however, that most, if not all, of these classic carols were not written simply to … Continue reading Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming!
Whether you are a Christian or not, in some way or another, you are waiting for some kind of advent--an arrival of something in your life to give you light and hope. Deep down, there is a sense of guilt, shame, inadequacy, and incompleteness in all of us. To solve these problems, we run to money, success, … Continue reading Christmas Lights, Keeping Shining On