I have a note on the bulletin board above my writing desk that says, simply: salvation: deliverencewelfareprosperitypreservationsafetyflourishing Wherever these things are present in your life today, there Salvation can be credited, already doing its good work. And wherever they are … [Read More...]
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We are embodied spirits, after all. In the western world, we keep these two awfully separate - body and spirit. We tend to view the spirit as eternal, and the body as temporary. But it's just not that simple. If you tend to believe what Jesus' friends wrote about what happened to him after he … [Read More...]
I was singing the old hymn "Before the Throne" to my boys at bedtime tonight and one line is "for God the Just is satisfied / to look on him and pardon me." Some of my Christ-following friends wouldn't give this line a second thought, not seeing a problem at all. Some of my Christ-following … [Read More...]
Everything is coming back to life in my small city. The maple tree in our front yard is dropping its neon green seeds. Tiny fuchsia leaves are pushing their way out of dried-crispy grape vines entwined around our basketball hoop. Even my fiddle leaf fig tree in the climate-controlled corner of our … [Read More...]
One of the most revolutionary teachings of Jesus was: Love your enemies. It is still a revolutionary thought. And, even more, in practice, loving your enemies has the potential to change everything, even your heart. Here's Jesus, just to jog your memory: You have heard that it was said, 'You … [Read More...]
Out of the books I read in 2018, my book of the year comes from the reading I did for my particular vocation* as a writer. But since all of us write something occasionally (for our jobs or in our relationships), and since all of us could use help discerning good writing from poor writing, I … [Read More...]