60 Seconds for Husbands (and Wives, and Anyone Else)

This is just a little counsel for husbands, from one who has borne the scars of doing the opposite.   Don’t take so much personally.  Don’t take every aggravated comment or slightly less affectionate touch or instance of the family trip not going like you planned as a slight to your worth and your stature.... Continue Reading →

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How Do I Worship From the Sodom and Gomorrah Story?

What do I do with passages in the Bible like this? The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.  Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.  And He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the... Continue Reading →

Comfort In the Chasm

I'm a lay elder in a rough neighborhood. Along with two other men (so far), I pastor some people with some deep, deep wounds from broken families and from awful or absent fathers.  And today, after being shaken by one of those stories, a comfort the Lord brought to my mind from Scripture is this:... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take This Personally

No one's life has ever been made better by taking more things personally.  With each gesture, each word or tone of voice that I choose to take as an affront to my worth or goodness I make myself a little more miserable and a little more insufferable.  That child who just rolled his eyes at... Continue Reading →

Long, Long Shadows and A Light

Sin never stops where you think it will.  Your repeated anger leads to latent bitterness which leads to relationship-destroying gossip.   Your pornography-viewing leads to unmarital sex which leads to one parent raising a child in isolation which leads to crippling resentment.   Unchecked sin always spreads, and kills where it does.  Like cancer.  ... Continue Reading →

Poisonous Root

   I have known people who have chronic physical pain, at least one with intense back and hip problems, who still smile and generally speak to neighbors and family with warmth. I know at least two people who have vicious relatives they have to interact with weekly and yet who still treat the offending family member... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On Grace

   Christian, the grace you extend is the grace you really believe in.  If you do not forgive the sins and mistakes of others, it is because, regardless of what you say, you do not approach God with the posture of one who has been forgiven of wrongdoing.   Instead, you see yourself as more righteous... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds on Work

   If work is about trying to prove yourself, you'll never be really content or happy with it. But if it's about diligently trying to bring beauty out of and order to creation? That's something you can live with.   In short, if your work is your identity, you'll end up paralyzed or miserable. But... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds of Christmas Cheer

   I just want to take a second to celebrate and commend Jesus the Savior, whose entering this fractured world we commemorate on Christmas.   If you feel like a failure, a hopeless or depressed mess of a man or woman, He can be Good News for you.   If you have bought the lies... Continue Reading →

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