Bitter for Sweet

Many years ago I coached a women’s athletic team. During that time there was much ado about Title IX, the federal law requiring female athletes be afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts. For many university programs, coming into compliance with Title IX meant some men’s sports were downsized in order to expand women’s scholarships, facilities, and funding. But the new-ish law of the land was clear: All athletic departments would be accountable for creating and maintaining a levelRead more

“Nah, I think I’m Good.”

How can God send good people to hell? Have you ever been asked this question in good faith? How did you respond? Did your answer satisfy the questioner? Did it satisfy you? Did it offer any light to the path that leads to the heart of God? This is the path to God’s heart: God desires that none should perish. That not one be lost. It’s the longing of God’s heart that every son or daughter he’s fathered into beingRead more

The First Dance

The first time dancing is mentioned in the Bible is in Exodus 15. Do you remember the reason for the mention? It was a victory dance.  In Exodus 15 the Hebrew women picked up their tambourines and began to sing and dance. Why? Because the house of Egypt lay in chaotic ruins on the other side of the sea. Yesterday the children of these women had been the property of the Egyptian gods, but today they were all free. TheirRead more

Quotidian Mission

I was walking the dog on the greenbelt trail and a woman caught my eye and waved me over. She’d met my teenage daughter the day before – they’d enjoyed a conversation while the dog swam – and she wanted me to know how much she’d enjoyed the company of both. After some pleasantries I turned to go. “What I didn’t tell your daughter” she said quietly, is that my life is very hard right now…” I waited. I askedRead more

Pray For Light

Not long ago I was invited to an event and ushered to my seat at a dinner table. My place at the table was next to two women who loved each other very much. Both were curious, charming, well-read, and remarkably competent in their respective fields of work. One had been raised, fairly happily, in a Christian home and the other was actively searching for truth wherever that might lead her. The couple hoped to get married and were currentlyRead more

Simmering on Red

It’s into this suspicious, seething, and anxious age that we’ve been born.

On purpose, God birthed you and me into this wounded and weary world in which we both now walk.Read more

The Color of Dirt

In our beginning, God made the earth. He made the sky (where the birds live) and the dry land (where the people live). The land of the earth – our home – was created with every kind and color of dirt: black soil, red clay, white sand, brown loam. Each kind of terrestrial humus was hospitable for sustaining life. All the ground was beautiful and useful, patiently awaiting God’s seed of life. Then God made mankind from the dust ofRead more