faith

I Don't Want to Stay Where I Am

This past week was a staycation during "spring" break. You know what I mean. Don’t spend the money you would on a trip away. Lay low. Sleep in. Get projects done around the yard and house. Watch more TV and movies. Drink more. Coffee.

I did lay low. I didn’t sleep in – at all. I got some chores done, but no projects to speak of. Yes, The Voice is headed into final competition and Designated Survivor still has Keifer Sutherland in the Oval Office. So, I enjoyed my normal TV viewing with my wife, Laura (and relished lunch with her nearly every day). And I absolutely drank more coffee. More coffee in various coffee shops, not just a cup at home. I tried new flavors in new places with the same special people in my life.

But the week wasn’t about being lazy while taking in abundant portions of caffeine.

I’ve read...

Tests and Trust: A Fresh Look.

We’ve long understood from the Scriptures that our personal faith gets tested in this broken-on-itself life. It’s not as though Christ-followers get “targeted.” Jesus said “it rains on the just and the unjust.” Or in more current terms – “everybody gets crapped on – Christ-followers, too.” And when the rain pours and the crap flies, our trust in God is tested. After all, it’s one thing to soar with a smile, believing God loves you when everything is going like you hoped it would. It’s quite another to believe

Courage. In Spite of.

Courage doesn't always look bigger than life. it often leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. Courage sometimes feels utterly weak as we admit that we cannot ... without God's Spirit.

 My friend, Don Reynolds, has given me the gift of sharing journey and life together for some time now. This past weekend he courageously shared a glimpse of his story

The Gospel. Scandalous Grace.

There's a reason we affirm and sing the phrase "amazing grace." But it's almost unbelievable how unamazingly we treat grace. The Gospel Grace. God's grace.

What's so amazing about grace is that it is absolutely scandalous. It's not reasonable. It's not fair. It's supernatural.

  • An adulterous king is declared to be "a man after God's own heart." 
  • A man who gave his wife up as his sister for sexual relations with another man was "the father of many nations."
  • A prostitute makes it

Cancer, Chemo, and College | A Daughter's Reflection

Our family has always been tight. We communicate. There are no secrets. We're accepting and forgiving. We share meals together, vacation together, run errands together, enjoy Starbucks together...we do life together.  

Our only daughter, Liv, was in Arizona visiting her boyfriend's (Jacob) family when we received the news that my wife, Laura, had breast cancer. Laura had the painful task of telling Liv over the phone. Liv experienced the equally painful reality of hearing the news about her Mama - over the phone. 

We're facing the truth: this is cancer. But, there's more.