Life is too short to always be playing it safe. Most of life’s significant events don’t happen in the comfort zone. I think our society has elevated safety too much. Of course there is wisdom in basic safety—but if we make safety our highest priority, we run the risk of losing our courage to face … More Do you want to be safe or brave?
I have spent much of my fifty-nine years living in fear. From an early age, I was afraid of my dad, fearful that he would hit or spank me. I was afraid of girls from grade school all the way through college. I have always been self-conscious, afraid of what people thought about me. I … More Fear and Courage
Trying to live the truthful life will put you in direct conflict with Satan. Jesus called Satan the “father of lies.” Jesus said that when Satan speaks, he speaks his native language—lying (John 8:44). Satan is a master deceiver, so we shouldn’t be surprised that he particularly likes convincing us that lying is no big … More Open Closets
We are called to live truthful lives in the middle of a culture of lies and deception. News today has given way to spin, manipulation of the facts to put politicians, business leaders, and entertainers in the best possible light. But Christians have been warned not to conform to this world (Romans 12:2). Many people … More Without a Mask
A friend of mine who leads young people on short-term mission trips, gives a daily challenge each morning to the group. He tells them, “You will be in God’s classroom for the next twelve hours, now pay attention!” Before bed each night, he then asks them to share lessons God had taught them during that … More Learning from Ants
I spent seven years of my life earning a PhD degree in Intercultural Studies. The PhD has been called a “terminal degree,” but I take issue with that. I did learn a great many things on that seven-year journey—but mostly I learned how much I still didn’t know. I was able to answer some questions … More Don’t stop learning!
Luke the Gospel writer shares a story about Jesus’ interaction with a funeral procession that caused him to respond with compassion. Luke 7:11-15 says, Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being … More All loss must be mourned!
Mark the Gospel writer shares a story about Jesus’ interaction with a leper that caused him to respond with compassion. Mark 1:40-42 says, A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched … More Dying of Loneliness
The Gospel writer Matthew shares a story about Jesus’ interaction with two blind men that caused him to respond with compassion. Matthew 20:29-34 says, As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they … More We want our sight!
So what do you think of when you see a crowd of people—at Walmart, at a restaurant, or in a traffic jam? I am impressed by the attitude of Jesus “when he saw the crowds . . .” Matthew 9:35–36 says, Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the … More When he saw the crowds