Redefining Strength, part 3

Today I am writing as I travel to and from a quarterly check-up with my oncologist. For those who may be newer to my history, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013 and six weeks later opted for …

Redefining Strength, part 2

I was surprised to see him awake. Yet, there he was sitting upright in his bed as quiet as the dawn. Like me at his age, Jonathan could happily sleep in to 10 am in the summer. But something had awakened …

Redefining Strength, part 1

Fences are in many ways all talk and no bite. They mark boundaries but they cannot protect boundaries. Whether made of wire and posts or brick and mortar, fences cannot withstand the force of a raging flood. Such was the case …

An Interview with Dr. Beth Grant

For the May Monthly Letter, the topic was The Nature of Hope. I was honored to interview my dear friend Dr. Beth Grant. In this interview, Dr. Beth Grant shares about her ministry to souls scarred by human trafficking, the pervasive hopelessness …

hope, a study blog, part 3

One OT and one NT image of hope captivated me during my research. In word studies, one has to take care and be slow to assume that the same word in a different context sheds light on the word’s meaning …

Hope, a study blog, part 2

What do you hope for? What do you hope in? We hope for education. Have we placed our hope in being educated? We hope for peace. Have we placed our hope in being peaceful? We hope for health. Have we …

hope, a study blog, part 1

What is hope? In 2000, I was asked to speak on the theme of “Jesus, Hope for a New Millennium.” In preparation, I did a cover-to-cover word study on hope. It was fabulous (I love studying), enlightening, and increasingly uncomfortable. …

Interview with David Nixon

For the April Monthly Letter, the topic was Sustainable Spirituality. I was honored to interview my dear friend David Nixon, the lead spiritual director and founder of www.sustainablefaith.com. In this interview, Dave defines sustainability and identifies challenges we face in cultivating a …

open letter from a special needs mom

Dear Mr. Neurologist, I know you were trying to be realistic. I know you were trying to spare us unnecessary expense. I know you were doing your job. And I know you were certain that your counsel was true. 15 …

intentionality

Feelings are fickle, flighty things, with low, erratic life spans. Though not innately evil, they are innately unsustainable. Spiritual sustainability requires spiritual intentionality: our Spirit-empowered wills must take the lead, regardless of our emotional states. When we equate intimacy with God with …