What is Faith?

Is faith a lofty pragmatism a one-time-buy insurance policy a spoiled child an "I asked once don't make me ask again" Or is faith an ocean tide an interminably persistent sibling a ceaseless alarm an "I know you hear and you better believe I'm not going away?"   Yesterday I spent six hours talking about prayer … Continue reading What is Faith?

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Counsel with Care (And More Dressember, of Course)

Lately I've been reflecting on how our definition of "smart" as it regards choices is a very strange thing.  We have all probably given advice to someone at some point who was doing something we didn't think was the "smart move," in the hopes of deterring them from a bad decision that could wreck their … Continue reading Counsel with Care (And More Dressember, of Course)

Saul, David, and Faith

The story of Israel's first two kings is interesting.  In an act of rejecting the Lord's total control over them, Israel asked for a king.  God gave them exactly what they wanted: Saul, the "kingliest" king possible, a go-getter, a an of action. When the Ammonites threatened the city of Jerush Gilead, Saul went to … Continue reading Saul, David, and Faith

Focus

Here is a new poem:     Lord, strip away every distraction, Wipe away the haze. Turn my eyes fully on You To rest with unwavering gaze. Strengthen my faith to know no doubt As I walk with you all of my days. From every tongue in every time May there arise a song of … Continue reading Focus

The Epilogue to the Previous

Let me tell you a story. Last Thursday, I had a very bad day at school.  You can read about it in my previous post, “Hope and Despair: Reflections of a [Hopeful] Future Teacher.” Basically, that had a huge impact on my next week.  Although I said I would not, I kept being greatly concerned … Continue reading The Epilogue to the Previous

Thunder and Silence

The Lord sits enthroned in heaven; from His throne, His voice thunders. At His command, the earth trembles; at His word, the mountains shake. The waves crash and the wind shrieks. The rocks cry out at midday, and all creation declares the glory of the Lord. But as for me, I will be still. I … Continue reading Thunder and Silence

The Heart Bush

When it's warm outside, my family likes to eat dinner on our back patio. One night near the end of this past summer, we were doing just that. I had recently developed a fascination with pruning our overgrown plants and was looking at them, planning to continue in the morning. Then one of us, I … Continue reading The Heart Bush

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned Last August saw the beginning of the fulfillment of a four-year dream. That dream was to attend Biola University, a Christian college in southern California. On the road there, at times that dream seemed unattainable, and at times nothing more than a foolish fantasy, but in the end, it became reality. It was … Continue reading Lessons Learned

Image Bearers of God, Part 2

Today's blog is a continuation of yesterday's post, the second and final part. See the previous post for background. When I ended yesterday, we had established that we, Christians, are part of God's redemptive work in creation as we follow Jesus' example. This is how we do that in terms of our relationships with people: … Continue reading Image Bearers of God, Part 2

Image-Bearers of God

This post is inspired by a couple of my current classes and a conversation with my wonderful sister. I decided to do a split post for this; the first half you have here today; look for the second half tomorrow. The issue is the way people are treated by other people, and the way human … Continue reading Image-Bearers of God