Love immediately, and delay everything that doesn't come from love. [Click title to read more.]
I used to believe that the conviction of the Holy Spirit operated like the buzzer on that old Operation game. But I was wrong. [Click title to read more.]
The lingering image in the story of the concubine is a woman desperately trying to get inside. But the lingering image of the salvation story is the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom. It was not enough for God merely to open the door for those who wanted in; He destroyed the door completely and annihilated the barriers keeping you out. [Click title to read more.]
It is within the rescue of Lot, his daughters, and his wives, that we see mercy most strongly at play: an elastic, stubborn sort of mercy.
Forgiveness is an act which encompasses much more than saying "that's okay", and we understand that instinctively when we ask for it: we want a chance to prove ourselves, to show we are more than our misbehavior, to not have an act or a series of acts define our identities or others' perceptions of us. [Click title to read more.]
Mercy and grace somehow have a reputation as "soft" virtues. But I don't think that's quite accurate. Mercy and grace, too, can convey astonishing power. Just as the silence that follows the thunder can be more devastating than the thunder itself, so can God's grace and mercy cut through the sorrow and pain and hardened hearts of the world. [Click title to read more.]
If we must err, let us err on the side of grace. [Click on title to read more.]