Standing in the Need of Prayer

I need prayer, but then I always need prayer. All the living need prayer and for many of the dead we ask God that their souls: rest in peace. Every day when I come to God, the gospel song is true: “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” [Read More...]

Being Depressed Isn’t the Same as Being Sad: Living in the Joy of the Lord

When you mean to help somebody, then it is good to know what ails them or you might kill them. Telling a person struggling with anorexia to cheer up and eat more is missing the point. Eating disorders often have little to do with food and much to do with other issues in a person’s [Read More...]

The Twilight Struggle: And Yet Miracles Happen

We do not serve Genie Jesus, despite War Room’s claims. Who is Genie Jesus? He is not the God become human that the historical records describe. Genie Jesus is not a person as much as a wish fulfillment device. If we just pray the right way, with the right words, or in the right place, [Read More...]

The Twilight Struggle: Lies We Believe

We are telling people horrible lies, peddling false hopes in the name of Jesus. Jesus is alive. He answers prayer, but he is not Genie Jesus that will give us what we want in the way we want it. He wants our long term good, not our short term good, and part of the good [Read More...]

Genie Jesus and the War Room Problem

No matter what I say, somebody is going to be mad because people take their movies seriously. Try pointing out that the third season of Star Trek is pretty bad at a fan convention. They might agree, but the justifications will begin. How do I know? I have made the excuses. There is good to be found, [Read More...]

The Twilight Struggle: Depression is a Hell of Thing

When I have faced depression, especially as the result of difficult circumstances, the dullness and sorrow often comes wrapped up with confusion or depression about certain ideas. In talking to hundreds of students over the years (not in mass meetings, but one-on-one), I have noticed a pattern: sometimes we try to self-medicate spiritually by agonizing [Read More...]

Depression: the Twilight Struggle

For me, sorrow is a low level hum at the back of all I do. Sometimes it has turned into depression where I feel like doing nothing, hiding, playing endless games of Candy Crush in a dark room. One cannot merely “cheer up” and the advice most  people give, Christian or non-Christian, is so unhelpful [Read More...]

Images: You Can’t Live Without Them

A school like The Saint Constantine School makes art, music, poetry, and literature central to education. Is that practical? Shouldn’t we center on the “facts?” Why bother with all these images and words when we could just give the bottom line? This isn’t my favorite Bible verse (John 1:14 anyone?), but I love it for [Read More...]

Blessed Assurance: My Woo Hoo Moment

“Sometimes,”an older friend said, “life gets tedious.” My problems may be first world problems, ISIS isn’t coming to get my family today, but they are my problems. I cannot wish away the nattering of the negative including the doubt in my heart. Is there a man so arrogant he knows beyond doubt his work is [Read More...]

Divine Standard Time

Jesus saw a fig tree and He cursed it. He did not do this because He was out of control. He cursed the fig tree because when the Son of Man wants figs, then they should be in season. He was running on Divine Standard Time and the tree was out of sync with goodness. [Read More...]