Looking back on the year 2020, I am trying to reflect on lessons God has been teaching me throughout the pandemic. Here’s what I have so far: 1) All plans are tentative 2) Slow down 3) Touch with words 4) Choose to focus on what you still have My 83-year old father died at … More Life is very fragile
I love the Jason Gray song “Good to Be Alive,” which contains the lines “I want to live like there’s no tomorrow / I want to love like I’m on borrowed time.” Former Lincoln Christian University student Steve Szoke was given thirty-two years to live on Earth and former student Sam VanGeison only twenty-six. When … More He rang true!
Sam VanGieson was a student at Lincoln Christian University who passed away at age 26. He was only 23 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. He went into remission at age 24, only to have to have the cancer return at age 25. Sam married his wife Savannah in November 2012, then passed … More Winning either way!
Dr. Bob Lowery, my favorite professor in both college and seminary, passed away in 2011 at age 62 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. When I visited him in the hospital just days before his death, he was very close to death and was heavily medicated. I didn’t know whether he would be able … More Finishing well
Because Jesus is the savior of the world, life on Earth is too short to keep him to yourself. When I first began teaching at the college level, I taught a course on evangelism. One day, as I was walking out of class, I noticed one of my students sobbing her eyes out. I stopped … More I never told her about Jesus!
I received a shocking phone call from an old friend one Christmas Eve several years ago (to protect his identity I’ll call him Doug). I had not talked to Doug since junior high school, and he was drunk, depressed, and suicidal. He lived far away from me in Arizona and had found my contact information … More Speak life!
When my youngest daughter Sammy became a senior in High School, I asked her how I could pray for her during that entire year. When she asked me to pray that she would improve her relationship with God, I suddenly realized I needed to be more intentional in my spiritual leadership in her life. As … More Pray for your kids!
You never know when your last communication will be with anyone, including your children. Children can die from many causes, but it is always shocking when it happens. I remember the shock and heartache I felt for Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family when I heard about their little five year old girl … More Last phone call!
How amazing that God gives many of us the opportunity, during our short time on Earth, to get extremely close to another human being in the context of a lifetime covenant marriage! Such a relationship is set apart for deep intimacy in every area—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The problem comes when we think that … More God’s gift to me!
Several years ago, I heard a true story about an old man who once toured a Wycliffe Bible Translators center in North Carolina. He listened to the tour guide talk about the Bibleless peoples of the world, describing how translators were giving their lives to translate God’s Word into the heart language of these peoples. … More I’m not retired–just redeployed!