Praying Landscape

Prayer Like Summer Rain

I would like to start this post out with a confession. I have read (or tried to read) many, many books on prayer. I have listened to many, many sermons on prayer. And for some reason most of them have, at some point, rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t know exactly what the problem is. I don’t know why …

Loveable pumpkins

Reclaiming Halloween

I am on the side of Tim Burton when he says that the two best holidays of the year are Christmas and Halloween. Sure, Easter is great, Thanksgiving is tasty, but for me there’s just nothing else that comes close to Christmas and Halloween. (And if you don’t believe me, stop by my house sometime. Still don’t believe me? Ask …

Tree Blowing in the Wind

Holy Ghost

How futile this life can be. We go about our day-to-day activities, scraping for some glimpse of meaning.  We cover up the emptiness that carves out our insides with things that are ultimately as empty and useless as what we initially covered up. "Vanity of vanities," says the preacher.  "All is vanity."(1) To paraphrase the book of Ecclesiastes, in the ...
In the Box

How to Love Democrats

I tricked you.  This post isn’t really about Democrats at all.  It’s about Muslims.  But I couldn’t let that title pass. Also, FYI, the title could just as easily be “How to Love Republicans.”  It’s not about a particular political bias at all.  I just happen to know a lot more Republicans than Democrats.  So I ask that you not …

Abraham and Isaac

Meeting Us Where We’re At

God never changes. So why does it seem like He does? Why does a God of compassion seem so bent on bloodshed?  Why was He so adamant about the strict, strange rules in the Old Testament?  Why did the temple become such a huge project and the center for Jewish life when God didn’t even want it in the first place? …

Run After Your Dream

What’re You Waiting For?

What do you feel like you’ve been put on this earth to do? Why aren’t you doing it? I know a lot of people who have dreams for their lives.  In fact, I might know as many people who have dreams as I do people.  But how many of those people are actually living — or even actively pursuing — …

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Life Springs Eternal

When was the last time that you thought about death? Does it sound morbid to say that I think about it a lot? Now, sure, it’s probably natural for someone who’s been fighting cancer to think about death somewhat.  After all, for many people it is a sharp slap in the face that, contrary to popular opinion, they are probably …