Faithfulness in Such a Time as This

Are you serious God? You have me right here right NOW? This month? This situation? This is the prayer I have been praying a lot lately. I am in the middle of an ordination process with a denomination that is about to have a major conference on how we are going to move forward and […]

Walls Don’t Work

Walls don’t work. Not if you are a Jesus follower. Walls don’t work. I was 16 years old and nearly 3,000 kilometers from home. I was standing on dusty concrete, just feet from a busy highway in Monterry, Mexico. The people around me were singing, “I exalt Thee” in several languages. An extension cord ran […]

We Are Small Enough

No one tells you while you are in seminary that you might serve a very small church. A micro-church even, a church where you don’t have to have someone count every week for attendance—you can remember who was there and who was not. On a good day there are a little less than 20 people, […]

Glory on the Doorstep

It’s here, you know. All around you. Wherever you may live, however beautiful or troubled your life might be at this particular moment in time, it’s near you, as near as your breath. I could palpate it in the room where my mother was dying last year. I see it almost every time I look—really […]

Guts Does Not Always Equal Glory

When I think of the word “glory,” several images and phrases come to mind. “The glory of God” with rays of sunshine bursting through the clouds at just the right moment. “All guts and no glory” for the athletes who work their tails off in a sports game and end up losing in the end. […]