Roots and Fruit

I love the picture Psalm 1:1–3 presents: A man who meditates on God’s Word day and night is pictured as a fruitful tree that has put down deep roots near life-giving water. In much the same way, author Henri Nouwen has challenged me to meditate and “chew on” short phrases of Scripture throughout each day. … More Roots and Fruit

Learning from Ants

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

Don’t stop learning!

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!

You are Terminal

May 27, 2008, was a very sad day for me. On that day, Bob Szoke let people know that his son Steve’s earthly journey was over: Steve had gone on to be with the Lord. Steve lost a hard-fought battle with colon cancer, dying just a few days short of his thirty-third birthday and leaving … More You are Terminal