The Potter and His Pots

Last week I wrote about the bigness and majesty of God. This week I am led to speak of the smallness and fragility of humanity. A chief metaphor for this contrast between God and man is that of a potter and the pots he forms from fresh clay or he re-forms from shards of potteryContinue reading “The Potter and His Pots”

God’s Mysterious Plan

(*This is the second essay in an end-of-crazy-2020 series.) I remember the first time I watched the movie “The Sixth Sense,” a brilliantly written and acted thriller. I got so caught up in the characters that I did not perceive that I was experiencing a sense of mystery. Toward the very end, I had anContinue reading “God’s Mysterious Plan”

An Embarrassment of Riches

About thirty-five years ago, a young musician living in New York City was drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ purely by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. There was no one preaching to her, and no one she could think of that would have been praying for her to come to Christ. God just wantedContinue reading “An Embarrassment of Riches”

Why This Waste?

Once upon a time the Son of God was invited to a snooty dinner party at a Pharisee’s home. Right into the middle of the festivities entered a woman of ill repute. She approached Jesus and started weeping at his feet. Then she did the most astonishing thing. She broke open an expensive alabaster boxContinue reading “Why This Waste?”

Identity Politics Revisited

(previously published January 19, 2019) I haven’t been watching a lot of news lately. I find it necessary and infinitely more beneficial to keep my focus on Scripture, worship, work, and what I sense the Spirit is saying each day. Even so, none of us can escape the reality that the political and social landscapeContinue reading “Identity Politics Revisited”

What Measure Will You Use?

It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit leads me to supernatural convergences of biblical principles that turn into truth bombs in my brain. This week, as I pondered Proverbs 6 and Matthew 7 in my daily readings, one such bomb exploded. Many of the admonishments of the book of Proverbs, including theContinue reading “What Measure Will You Use?”

Brothers and Sisters of Other Mothers

It seems like eons ago when I was preparing to be a professional jazz guitarist and vocalist. I was in college studying jazz, and it was the only music on my turntable.  I practiced jazz tunes for hours every day. I sought out gigs of my own and live performances by some of the bestContinue reading “Brothers and Sisters of Other Mothers”

In and Out of Order

I have come to realize that order is essential to maintaining my peace. I don’t function well with clutter and disorder in my home, my workspace, my thoughts, my words, or my relationships. I don’t meet the criteria to be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but I do have a need to keep things clean andContinue reading “In and Out of Order”