The Banner Year: Or, God’s Definition of Significance

I thought God's promise that this would be a banner year would translate to success and opportunity. It hasn't, at least not yet, and that may be even better - whether it's what I wanted or not. [Click title to read more.]

When All You Hear Is Silence

There is a point in the life of every believer where everything is going wrong, on fire, or is absolutely confusing and shattering and - worst of all - you cannot sense God in any of it. [Click title to read more.]

When Confidence Looks Like Callousness

I don't think we often realize it, but sometimes Christian confidence expressed in the wrong way can look a lot like Christian callousness - even when it's well-meaning. And compassion is the only way to leaven it. [Click title to read more.]

What The Open Door Means

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.]

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Mind The Small Hurts

The answer isn't to compare pain or place it on a relative scale of suffering, but rather to address pain as pain, in context, regardless of the source. Yes, we absolutely must kick into gear the moment we hear a word like "cancer" or "death." But I hope we can also mobilize ourselves to respond with similar compassion to words like "frustration" and "fear" and "chest cold." [Click title to read more.]