Years ago some kind soul sent me a book on the devil. It was rather dated, from the 1960s I believe, complete with little caricature drawings of Satan as our adversary. I’m ashamed to admit my first thought was, I know plenty about spiritual...READ MORE
Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.
The dilemma of the Story is this: we don't know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our...READ MORE
That strength so essential to men is also what makes them heroes. If a neighborhood is safe, it's because of the strength of men. Slavery was stopped by the strength of men, at a terrible price to them and their families. The...READ MORE
So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way about—He is looking for us. —Simon Tugwell
Can it possibly get any more uncertain than this? We so long for life to be...READ MORE
The shriveled figure lay in the sun like a pile of rags dumped there by accident. It hardly appeared to be human. But those who used the gate to go in and out of Jerusalem recognized him. He was disabled, dropped off there every morning by...READ MORE
Though we don’t have all the control and assurance we may want, we as God’s beloved can be certain of many things…
We know that we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. We know that nothing, nothing, nothing will be able to...READ MORE
It's undeniable: the new covenant, accomplished through the work of Christ, means that we have new hearts. Our hearts are good. Or God's a liar. Until we embrace that stunning truth, we will find it really hard to make decisions, because we can't...READ MORE
We cannot know the plans of God for us beyond His promises that He is working for our good at all times. And often we are far from comfortable as we wait. But, just as David wrote in the psalm, we, too, can remember God’s great love and...READ MORE
How do you understand your life? Why has it turned out so differently from what you imagined? What do you make of its randomness? The phone rings, and you have no idea what is coming. It could be great news! It could be an old friend getting back...READ MORE
I have a practice that has become an absolute lifesaver: The One Minute Pause.
I simply take sixty seconds to be still and let everything go.
As I enter the pause, I begin with release. I let it all go—the meetings, what I know is...READ MORE
At one point in the long, arduous campaign of delivering to Judah the bad news of coming judgment and futile calls for repentance, Jeremiah explodes with thoughts that have apparently been building in him for a while with regard to God's use of...READ MORE