Have you ever tried to go somewhere with only half a map? Have you ever tried to assemble a BBQ with basic picture prompts but instructions that were in a different language? If so, you’ll know that having some of the information isn’t the same as having all of the information. That’s what I think … Continue reading Using God’s love as an excuse
I heard about a survey where Americans were asked what words they most liked to hear. Number 1 was “I love you.” No surprise there. Number 2 was “I forgive you.” Makes sense. Number 3 was a bit less predictable. But it totally makes sense… “Supper’s ready!” I wonder why so many people like to … Continue reading Supper’s ready!
William Temple was an English bishop known for many things including his teaching and writing. A few years ago I came across something he said that has really stuck with me. “When I pray, coincidences happen. When I don’t, they don’t.” Today’s devotional is not overly complicated. My point is (a) that the supposed “coincidences” … Continue reading When I pray, “coincidences” happen…
Having a sense of entitlement can be a huge problem for those of us who live in places like North America and Europe. The more we have the more we seem to want. And the more we have the more we seem to think we have to have. And the more we have, the more we … Continue reading The chains of entitlement
Does someone in your life have issues? Someone in your family? A co-worker or classmate? Or maybe a friend? Perhaps it’s just that their priorities are frazzled. And you just don’t know what to do. Maybe it’s legitimate. Maybe it’s not. Maybe you’re just not sure. The point is that it can be complicated. But … Continue reading Does someone in your life have issues?
Let me start by throwing something out there that might rattle a few cages. Over-committed people are un-committed people. Here’s what I mean because I realize I'm going to have to put a few footnotes on that statement! When you over-commit to the wrong things you can’t deliver on the right things. In other words, … Continue reading Over-committed people
Recently I visited my dad’s tombstone with my son Ben. The last dessert I had with my dad before he died was butter tarts. So we brought one for Ben, one for me, and one for my dad. As we sat there snacking (we placed the one for him on the top of his tombstone), … Continue reading Butter tarts on a tombstone
Dr. J. Robertson McQuilkin used to be the president of Columbia Bible College and Seminary. But he gave up his presidency to care for his wife Muriel who was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. McQuilkin wrote about a time when he was with his wife and their flight was delayed for several hours. Every few … Continue reading He’s got you
From what I can tell, the word “obedience” in wealthy, western societies (like mine) is a heavy, negative word. It smacks of blindly and mindlessly doing what someone else tells you to do. In popular culture it reeks of oppression. But in Christianity, chosen obedience is a positive thing. Since God and his will are … Continue reading The spirit in which you act
One of the things I’ve noticed in our modern society is that it’s easy for civility to go out the window. I realize that the internet has helped with a lot of things, but one of my concerns is that people do and say things online that they would never do and say in person. … Continue reading When condescension starts