Alone

My Mom used to love solo travel. Friends and family would marvel as she hung some clothes on the pole she installed in the back of her Dodge Caravan, checked out some books on tape from the library, and just hit the road. She was fearless that way. Mom also loved people more than mostContinue reading “Alone”

New Creatures with a New Nature

I’ve been studying 2 Peter 1, a passage I’ve returned to many times because I never quite plumb its depths. This time I’m sharing my study with a group of women, so it is even richer for us to converse as we interact together with the passage. I highly recommend this kind of activity. MyContinue reading “New Creatures with a New Nature”

“Let Him Now Come Down from the Cross”

This title comes from the account of Jesus hanging on the cross.  The Roman soldiers were mocking him, and the Jewish leaders decided to chime in. In the Passion translation, their full sarcasm reads: “He saved others, but he can’t even save himself! Israel’s king, is he? He should pull out the nails and comeContinue reading ““Let Him Now Come Down from the Cross””

Upside-Down and Right-Side Up

Those of you who have been reading and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ–and especially those who have been trying to live it out–have learned this: Jesus doesn’t measure things the same way the world does. Not success, power, wealth, honor, justice, sin, forgiveness, or even love. Sometimes it seems to be an upside-down gospel,Continue reading “Upside-Down and Right-Side Up”

Sheep Among Wolves

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt 10:16, NIV). Now, remember, it is I who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves”Continue reading “Sheep Among Wolves”

Say the Word from Where You Are

A Gentile Roman centurion—the commander of a troop of one hundred soldiers—amazed Jesus with his faith. He had a beloved servant at home who was dying. The centurion had heard of and perhaps had even witnessed Jesus’ power to heal and sought him out. When Jesus heard about the dying servant, he readily agreed toContinue reading “Say the Word from Where You Are”

Temptation and Testing

Does God tempt people to sin? Of course not. James states it rather explicitly: When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone (James 1:13). But does God test his people? Yes. If you are reacting negatively to this statement, consider this:Continue reading “Temptation and Testing”

The Path

Today, simply a quote from Scripture and a poem written on my solitary retreat. I paused on my walk through the forest, contemplating the path we are on as humans who believe in eternal, unseen things. Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? ItContinue reading “The Path”

Practicing and Playing

When I was in my undergraduate years, I studied music rather seriously, and completed a degree in jazz guitar and vocal performance. That degree, along with a Metro card, will allow you to ride on a New York City subway. But I learned a great deal about life through my study of jazz. I wasContinue reading “Practicing and Playing”

A Tale of Two Doggies: Part 3

On my daily walk with the dogs this morning, I got another revelation about God’s dealings with me. These dogs are great teachers. For background, you may want to peruse my two previous posts about the dogs, from April 30 and June 4, 2018. My two sweet friends are Scooter, the older brother, an exquisiteContinue reading “A Tale of Two Doggies: Part 3”