The “I” in Faith

The “I” in Faith  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs on your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 We often hear the saying, “There is no “I” … Continue reading The “I” in Faith

Third Things

Third Things  All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them is vanity, since the same fate comes to all… Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 A typical western way … Continue reading Third Things

The You God Sees

The You God Sees  For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14a What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them only … Continue reading The You God Sees

Handling Rattlesnakes

Handling Rattlesnakes  All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. 1 Corinthians 6:1a Once upon a time, a man climbed to the top of a tall mountain. As he was admiring the view in the cold, thin air, he noticed a rattlesnake shivering at his feet. The snake said, “Please, sir, … Continue reading Handling Rattlesnakes

A Silent God

A Silent God  O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! –Psalm 83:1 I grew up in church, attending nearly every Sunday with my family. It was an expectation that I accepted, although church was never particularly meaningful to me. I assumed God’s presence and goodness, although … Continue reading A Silent God

Broken Hearts, Open Minds

Broken Hearts, Open Minds  We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is open wide to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return – I speak as to children – open wide your hearts also. –2 Corinthians 6:11-13 When I was in my early teens, I was … Continue reading Broken Hearts, Open Minds

Owning Our Sin

Owning Our Sin Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. –Psalm 32:5 I do not like to be reminded of my sinful nature. I fear that by acknowledging my sin … Continue reading Owning Our Sin

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Hebrews 4:16 “We live in an imperfect world. Movies, television shows, and novels inspire high expectations for life, but reality seldom flows like a … Continue reading Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

Enigmatic Faith

Enigmatic Faith  Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. –Matthew 5:11-12a In his book, A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer writes, “The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must … Continue reading Enigmatic Faith

Christian Values: Love

Christian Values: Love  I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34a-35  Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce … Continue reading Christian Values: Love