The Salvation Box: Should Life Calling Produce Abundant Living?


Ugh.For far too many Christians, "ugh" accurately captures their take on how they spend most of their time. It's as if they keep the freeing impact of the gospel on their life calling locked away somewhere -- in The Salvation Box -- so that they never truly know abundant living.Call it work, call it career, call it a job -- whatever you call it, many people would prefer not to answer the call at all. Instead, they endure existence reluctantly, longing for the weekend or some escape a … [Read more...]

So Why Did God Answer My Prayer? The Story of a Circle Maker


It was far in the sameness of the woods.I've always wanted to write that line from one of Robert Frost's more mysterious poems "The Demiurge's Laugh." Now seemed like a good time as I reflect on the question of why did God answer my prayer to sell our house -- and how He did it.I suppose I could call it "The Story of a Circle Maker."Last September  we decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia, because we thought it would best positions us to answer God's call on my life. For those wanti … [Read more...]

Do You Ever Wish You Could Just Get Over Your Bad Self?


Have you ever failed to walk by faith? Have you ever fallen and felt as if you would never get back up? If not, please click off this page. There's nothing for you to see here.And you'll make the rest of us feel bad.Not long ago, I confessed that a healthy sense of self-loathing can be a good thing when we fail to overcome the Resistance in our walk of faith. [ See my post To All Those Who Just Want to Quit ] Our anger at ourselves in those times of frustrated failure can and should b … [Read more...]

What I Think Happened with Benghazi: The Vast Conspiracy

What I think happened with Benghazi is not some vast conspiracy to undermine the US by President Obama or some CIA op to sell guns to terrorists or whatever other theories are out there. I do think there was a conspiracy. But it is a conspiracy that affects us all and began in Eden so long ago.It is the natural tendency of each of us as fallen human beings to deflect, conceal, and cover when confronted with our failures. It's what Adam and Eve did. It's what I tend to do. Every person I have … [Read more...]

Benghazi: New Revelations and Questions from the Congressional Hearing

I survived more than four hours of watching and listening to a Congressional hearing on Benghazi on C-Span3 todayTalk about living by faith!I sensed the hearing could be pivotal in our getting answers to the many questions about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Stephens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our consulate.So I watched and listened. And tweeted. You can explore my live-tweeting journey here. Who testi … [Read more...]

See How Peer Pressure Can Increase Your Faith


Peer pressure can be a wonderful thing. Especially when it can increase your faith. That's not to say it always works the way we want it to.Often throughout my dozen years as a school administrator,  I dealt with the negative side of peer pressure --w hen kids were led astray by hanging out with others who influenced them in the wrong direction. I got used to citing verse like the following:He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20) … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Just Want to Quit


I returned from my mission to Guam the other day full of energy, ideas, and the faith to make them happen.Within a day, I had lost it all and just wanted to quit. Fear grabbed me by the hair, gripped me firmly in a headlock, and proceeded to pummel my confidence with repeated blows. Within hours, I was a bloody and faithless mess. Finally, when fear had finished for the day, it dumped me and left my future as good as dead and buried.It was all I could do to clutch the side of the bed … [Read more...]

Life After Art: In Search of Beauty


Today I am pleased to share a guest post from Eileen Knowles inspired by a book that is making some waves, Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling. You can find Eileen and follow her journey as she takes The Scenic Route at Connect on Twitter and Facebook. "As artists and humans, we have to learn to color inside the line that is imperfect, messy or even a mistake. Nothing in your life will ever be just right. There … [Read more...]