Faith and Common Sense

(This is a somewhat revised post originally published in November 2019. I kind of like this one, and thought it was worth revisiting. I hope you enjoy it too.) “Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into rightContinue reading “Faith and Common Sense”

Staying Connected

I love being a musician and worship leader. I love playing my guitar before the Lord, because I know that the sound it produces when I play changes atmospheres. And in that changed atmosphere, I see the Lord touch peoples’ hearts. Many guitar players are gifted with technology, but all the pedals and wires, switchesContinue reading “Staying Connected”

Discipline: Confession of a Recovering Tostitos Addict

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11) My latest big adventure is my new job as an online substance abuse disorder counselor. There’s so much to learn, but I love to study, so it’sContinue reading “Discipline: Confession of a Recovering Tostitos Addict”

Whose Fool are You?

The reading plan I’ve settled into for the year has me alternating between Old and New Testaments throughout the week, and presently I am in Job and 1 Corinthians. Last week I wrote about Job, and honestly, I was left with more questions than answers. I’m sure I’ll have another go at that book beforeContinue reading “Whose Fool are You?”

Validation

I’ve been reading Job recently, and I’ve become a big fan of this book! I’m impressed with Job’s incredibly bold lament and complaint toward God. The poetry is incredible, but it truly fits in the category of wisdom literature. Such deep spiritual counsel straight from the mind of God. One thing that stands out ofContinue reading “Validation”

“Buts” and “Ands”

So often in ministry and counseling work I encounter people who are plagued by “buts.” “I’d like to get out and meet some new people, but…. “I’d like to go back to church but….” “I’d like to tell my husband/wife/mom/dad/son/daughter, etc. how I really feel, but…. “I’d like to quit this bad habit, but….” “I’dContinue reading ““Buts” and “Ands””

The Puzzle

I came across this essay in my files that I wrote on a snowy February day in West Virginia in 2003, and thought it was a good week to share it. I’ve always liked jigsaw puzzles, especially on snowed-in days like this one. I enjoy the relaxing and invigorating mental exercise they provide. It isContinue reading “The Puzzle”

Manifesto of the Moment

This is the moment for the followers of Jesus. This is not the moment to shrink back in fear; it is the moment to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow him. This is not the moment to deny that we know and love Jesus; it is the moment to represent him as ambassadors.Continue reading “Manifesto of the Moment”