Heaven as an Ocean Surf

Heaven as an Ocean Surf

Have you ever stood on an ocean beach and felt an electric charge as another world brushed against your skin? Or stood in a forest and felt the thinness of reality, knowing there was something so much more hovering just out of view? Have you ever walked down the street or through the mall at Christmas time, taken in the …

God's Glory in a Seashell

God’s Glory in a Seashell

Deep in the twilight realms of the ocean glides a mysterious, marvelous monstrosity. Up to 43 feet long (though lengths of up to 59 feet have been reported) with eyes the size of dinner plates, its bouquet of pulsing, writhing tentacles contains hundreds of suction cup suckers through which it tastes its prey. Its only known enemy is the sperm whale, …

The Boundless Mercy of God

The Boundless Mercy of God

Pope Francis once said that, “God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. … Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins.”(1) That creates quite an image, doesn’t it? The perfect, holy God of the universe, creator of galaxies and gluons, sees the wounds you have inflicted on yourself, the pain …

The Complete Cancer Diaries

Where is God When We Suffer?

I want to make a very special announcement to you today. If you ever follow my Facebook page, you probably know what I’m going to say. But otherwise, this could potentially come as a complete surprise because I have done a terrible job of getting the news out. Either way, here it is. =) Now. Drum roll please. Starting today …

Awash in the River

Awash in the River

Does the greatest impact from the story of Adam and Eve come from that it happened, or that it does happen? Is it just a story, or is it our story? Not in some esoteric, genes-and-blood-and-destiny sense, but in the dense, concrete truth that we have all violated our world, our fellow men and women, and the very God to …

Taking off the mask

Behind Our Masks

You walk into the party.  The lights are low and dusky, but you can still easily see them: your fellow party-goers.  They mill about, talking, laughing, and you join them.  You’ve spent so much time with them that you know them by name at this point.  They’re your friends.  Your family.  And they are all wearing their masks. Some of …

Bench with sun rising

Why Do You Believe That?

I recently had a very interesting conversation with a young man. We met because he had mocked a belief that I and many others share, so I invited him to talk to me about what his beliefs were on that subject and others. As we talked I learned that he believed that the entire Bible hadn’t happened yet and was …