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 …

In Dry Seasons

Cooking is not in my primary gifting cluster. I could live indefinitely on avocados, mangos, and nuts. But I will never forget a lesson my gourmet Dad taught me about making gravy. “Dad, I’m supposed to make gravy for the …

Sensing God

If Jesus is with us continually, why do we not sense Him evenly? Why are there crescendos in our awareness? Why are there rests in which we sense nothing? When we speak of “sensing God’s presence,” we are crossing multiple …

Not A Feeling

After a worship service years ago, one of my children said, “Everyone else feels God but me. Maybe I don’t really know him.” “Or,” I suggested, “maybe knowing God isn’t about a feeling.” In our experience-addicted age, we tend to …

A Leader’s Prayer

One of my core devotional disciplines is Scripture-praying. I pray God’s Word over my loved ones and myself. For years, I have prayed Moses’ prayer over my life: “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new …

q&a: Lent and The Twilight Zone

The last several days have been, well, a fusion of bizarre circumstances and heartaches. Friday’s bizarre: Barry and I surprised the kids with a Spring-break night at a hotel with a great pool and at 8:30pm the smoke detector battery failed and began blaring which …