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”

Phenomenal Cosmic Power–Itty-bitty Living Space

You may recall this quote from the genie (voiced so brilliantly by Robin Williams) in the animated movie “Aladdin.” Genie was describing himself, empowered to fulfill any wish, yet trapped inside a tiny bottle until summoned by a wisher. He could have been describing any one of us who have been filled with the HolyContinue reading “Phenomenal Cosmic Power–Itty-bitty Living Space”

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”

God-Fearers

I’ve encountered many souls who, learning that I am a Christian, will respond with something that I’ll paraphrase like this: “I’m not religious–like you—I’m just spiritual.” The message, when decrypted by my own spirit, is that they believe they are spiritual enough to have no need for Christ or his salvation. They imply that theyContinue reading “God-Fearers”

Come, Listen, Follow

Journeying slowly through the Gospel of Luke I notice two parallel teachings of Jesus that challenge me. In these passages, Scripture comes to life, showing how the heart’s response to the teachings of Jesus must lead to corresponding actions. When it does, it results in our growth in wisdom and represents him well to theContinue reading “Come, Listen, Follow”

Risk, Superstition, and Trusting God in the Time of Corona

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer; Superstition ain’t the way.”—Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” The earth-shaking shift caused by the Corona virus has us all questioning anew how we manage risk as individuals, businesses and social groups. For many of us, risk management is not usually at the forefront of ourContinue reading “Risk, Superstition, and Trusting God in the Time of Corona”