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God Is Enough

C.S. Lewis wrote, “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.” We are a confused people. We recognize that apart from God there is no good thing, yet we run after innumerable other “gods” …

Holy Suffering

A few years ago it struck me how often Jesus uses the imagery of childbirth. As the father of four, I appreciate the image. I have been with my wife as she has given birth to each of our children. I have seen her endure pain and suffering for hours (our last three children were all in the ten- and eleven-pound range). But I have also seen …

Believing Thomas

Thomas lived with his doubts for a week. Surely in that time there were discussions with the disciples about what really happened. Thomas still needed proof, but those days allowed him the opportunity to consider the implications of a resurrected Jesus. …

Faithful Thomas

Thomas gets a bad rap. We don’t know much about him, but it feels simplistic and unfair to label him “doubting.” I struggle with this moniker for him because I can’t imagine responding any differently than he did. …

The Path to Peace

Why is Jesus always portrayed in movies as a calm, stoic teacher who never has any fun? This post-resurrection scene paints a different picture. Here, Jesus suddenly appears among his disciples who are cowering in a locked room. Why? Probably to see the looks on their faces. (I’m pretty sure he still knew how to knock on a door.) …

Allegiance to Christ

There is a pesky theme in the New Testament that just won’t go away. It
seems that a discontentment with this world is necessary to live the life
of a disciple. We are reminded often of the perishability of stuff and the
inevitability of suffering. …

A Living Hope

Perhaps you spent Holy Week remembering and enacting aspects of Jesus’s last days before his crucifixion. Maybe you participated in the Last Supper through communion or left a Good Friday service in darkness and silence. We spend much of Holy Week looking back. …

Learning Curve

The Boy Scout Cooking Merit Badge requires a scout to cook several different meals and get reviews from their diners. They have to cook something other than hot dogs. Our scout’s cooking adventure began with a great deal of enthusiasm, bumps, lucky breaks, and some unfortunate accidents. …

Kingdom Vision

Most days the evening news is tough to watch: another school shooting, another public figure in shame, another foreign threat, politicians pointing fingers and demanding that their way become law regardless of consequences. …