Who Have You Been With Lately?

Who Have You Been With Lately?

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. -Jesus, John 15:4 (NRSV) Abiding. It sounds like a good thing, Certainly, Jesus thought it was important, but is it even...
When You Feel Like Quitting

When You Feel Like Quitting

It came out of left court. Jay Wright, men’s basketball coach at Villanova, recently stunned the sports world by abruptly announcing his retirement. A college basketball Hall of Famer, Wright’s 21 years at Villanova have created a perennial powerhouse, winning the...
Which Way, God?

Which Way, God?

One-by-one, they just randomly stopped by. In each case, friendly banter soon gave way to the real reason for the convo – a big decision weighed on their hearts. After laying out the options, each conversation came to a standstill. They all asked, “Which way should I...
Good Enough

Good Enough

Over the past 40 days, a piece of Scripture set up camp in the back of my head. It would waltz into my morning devotions and say “hi” but wasn’t satisfied with such an obvious setting. Instead, it would show up at night, during a meeting at work, or in a conversation...
Multiple-Choice Tests, Phil Michelson & Thinking Again

Multiple-Choice Tests, Phil Michelson & Thinking Again

Imagine that you have just finished taking a multiple-choice test. You still have a little time and wonder if a couple of your responses are right. Should you second-guess your first answers or let them stand? Test-prep companies like Kaplan say it’s best not to...

5 Ways to Save Civility

We may be in the most divisive and contentious season of American life since the ‘60’s…the 1860’s. Everywhere we turn, thoughtful, civil conversation has been tossed out the window. Of course, it’s nothing new to have social conflict during an election year, but our...

Where is the Hope?

These are troubled times. As of May 8, over 75,000 Americans have lost their lives to a virus we considered a distant problem two months ago. Thankfully, living on lockdown the last several weeks has flattened the contagion curve and saved hundreds of thousands of...

God Knows My Name

God recently rattled my soul. In late September at the New Room Conference in Nashville, I attended a pre-conference session on the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. Our seminar leader, Jack Deere, offered a brief teaching and invited us to try our hand at healing....

A Prayer We Should Not Pray?

The idea snuck up on me. While casually pondering our vacation plans this past July, I realized everyone else in my family had to go back to work one week earlier than I did. It hit me, “Why not devote that time to a silent prayer retreat?” I have done this kind of...

It’s Something in Me

I have a confession to make. I am busy. At first blush, that may not sound so bad, but over time, I’ve discovered the insidiousness of this sin. On the surface, busyness appears as a virtue. People say, “Look at the progress we’ve made and the people reached. All our...