A Simple Practice for the New Year

I got the kindest email yesterday from a woman deeply grateful for how God is using our church family to change her life. She also asked me for some counsel on how to draw closer to the Lord during these next few days that she has off from work. Wonderful question! Here is my response. Perhaps it can encourage you, […]

Light Has Dawned

One feature of Christmas is the Light of the World breaking into our spiritual darkness–Jesus, “the true light which gives light to everyone.” (John 1:9). Consider these simple Scriptures: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “The people who […]

Meditatio: Further Reflections on Sermonizing

I must confess that my entire approach to preaching is unorthodox and, perhaps, inadequate, at least in the eyes of those who so faithfully equipped me throughout my educational years. This great revelation came to me a bit ago while I was out shoveling the snow off of my driveway. For whatever it is worth, shoveling snow is a terrific […]

Ten Things I Learn When I Listen to God

There are those convictions that come along reminding me that I spend an awful lot of time talking to the Lord, but very little real time just listening. Reflecting on this sad reality brings to my mind the words of Isaiah 29:13, wherein the Lord says, “this people draw[s] near with their mouth and honor[s] me with their lips, while […]

Demons of the Soil and the Soul

Just off the upper patio behind our house is a lower patio made up of hundreds upon hundreds of small bricks. On this patio is an old table with four chairs, plus a chimenea that has about seen its last days. And there are weeds. I’d like to say that there were weeds, but it’s not the nature of weeds […]