Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Like tripping over the dog’s chewie toy in the dark, like falling off a log, like skittering drunkenly across the ice, it’s so easy to not be thankful: The glass is half-empty. It always rains on my parade. There was only decaf this morning. The AC isn’t working....
Epic is an Understatement!

Epic is an Understatement!

If you’re reading this (and I guess it’s pretty safe to assume you are) you are someone I hold in my heart, someone I love, someone for whom I pray, desiring you be gob-smacked by God’s revealed heart. Do you receive that? Do you believe that? Will the knowing that...
My Finale, His Début

My Finale, His Début

In the summer of 1988, I toured as keyboardist with Celebrant Singers, a Christian music group out of California. We had a two-week intensive rehearsal camp before hitting the road, which, for our group, included traversing the US from Northern California to Southern...
What are the Chances?

What are the Chances?

0.99%. I calculated it. That’s the meagre percentage of my life spent in this season of COVID. Not even 1%! In other, more astounding calculations, I found 82.9% of my days have been taken up with the Holy Spirit’s attempts to grow me up into a disciple of Jesus....
Can We Get Better Light in Here?

Can We Get Better Light in Here?

No honeymoon since theirs has ever compared in beauty and pleasure and simplicity and freedom. The entire garden was an idyllic, private retreat for them to enjoy and explore and in which to luxuriate. Edenic, wedded bliss! Then came the day of the snake, wrenching...
Inside Christmas

Inside Christmas

It was a great-sounding idea. Well, of course, all my reckless, youthful ideas seemed like the best thing ever, so why was this one any different? This brilliant scheme would have me bringing the church choir I was directing at the time, into the regional...
Lights Out!

Lights Out!

(A song of David for those journeying to worship) 1 Lord, my heart is meek before you. I don’t consider myself better than others. I’m content to not pursue matters that are over my head— such as your complex mysteries and wonders that I’m not yet ready to understand....
God is Still God

God is Still God

“When the outcome of today’s election is announced, millions of people in the US and around the world will inevitably feel as if the world has ended, and millions more that the Kingdom has come. Neither conclusion will be remotely correct.” Pete Greig, Founder,...
Anyone ‘Up’ for Adventure?

Anyone ‘Up’ for Adventure?

Lovely sunny day – check. Visiting a friend – check. In the beautiful Alpine city of Grenoble, France – check. Include a visit to La Bastille – check. Lunch afterwards – double check. So much to look forward to on the day’s agenda. Until that fearsome,...
What Do the Scriptures Say?

What Do the Scriptures Say?

t’s Leap Year, Election Year (US), the ‘Pinnacle of Incivility’ Year, the ‘Thank God It’s Over’ Year. And so, on this day of all days, I feel the need to call us, again, to the Fountain of Life, the Sacred Scriptures, the Word who dwells among us. Like the resetting...

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