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...]
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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...]
Happy New Year! And what a better way to begin the new year than talking about books, my favorite inanimate things. A side note to young parents: The age of one's children and the amount of reading one does must have a direct relationship. I had some very lean reading years. But my kids are getting … [Read More...]
Actually, Advent not a big deal. I mean it depends on what you think a big deal is. If you're comparing it to the "big deals" of Christmas gifts to buy, Christmas events to attend, Christmas traditions to uphold... It is not that kind of a big deal. It is a wonderfully quiet, secretively radiant, … [Read More...]