Is There a Necessary Contradition Between Sports and Faith?

Is there a necessary and unavoidable contradiction between sports and faith? David Brooks, one of my favorite cultural commentators, says “Yes!” In his recent New York Times op-ed, “The Jeremy Lin Problem,” Brooks asserts that “The moral ethos of sport is in tension with the moral ethos of faith, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim.” In [Read More…]

My New Friend?

Recently, while hiking out at Laity Lodge, I stumbled (almost literally) upon a large porcupine. He (she?) was about two and a half feet long and two feet wide. He was also right in the middle of my trail, munching on some greenery. I was moving pretty quickly, and came within about six feet of [Read More…]

Anxiety? Depression? Need Some Help? Therapy? There’s an App for That!

The very idea of psychotherapy seems to defy the instant-access, video screen chatter of popular digital culture. Not for long, if some scientists have their way. In the past few years researchers have been testing simple video-game-like programs aimed at relieving common problems like anxiety and depression. These recent results have been encouraging enough that [Read More…]

Plug Into Silence – New Video from The High Calling

My colleagues at have produced a striking new video. I need to hear this message. What about you? [Read more…]

Websites Encourage Discreet Adultery

Sigh! Well, every now and then I am actually startled by something on the Internet. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, USA Today featured a story called: “Sites that cater to ‘discreet’ encounters thriving.” Here’s how it starts: Husbands and wives take note: If Valentine’s Day expectations aren’t met, your mate might [Read More…]

Do You Have to Give Up Something for Lent?

Part 2 of series: How Lent Can Make A Difference in Your Relationship with God I grew up hearing about Catholics who had to fast during the season of Lent. No meat on Fridays, only fish. This, you must understand, was a costly sacrifice in the cafeteria of Glenoaks Elementary School! The fact that my [Read More…]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I thought I’d share with you my Daily Reflection from the High Calling. “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!” Luke 6:32 Today is St. Valentine’s Day, a day in popular culture set apart for celebrations of romantic love. So [Read More…]

Resources for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God The Seven Last Words of Christ: Reflections for Holy Week The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week. Includes the paintings by my wife, Linda Roberts. Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Introduction to Eastertide: The Season of Easter [Read more…]

How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God: Introduction to Lent

The Christian season of Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, this is a special season of the year for growing in one’s relationship with God. Other Christians aren’t so sure about Lent’s meaning or value. I am putting up this post before the start of Lent so that you might have [Read More…]

Background to the Confusing Kingdom: Inspiration from the High Calling

Background to the Confusing Kingdom Psalm 110:1-7 The LORD will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies. Psalm 110:2 Psalm 110 can help us understand why so many of Jesus’ contemporaries were confused about his message and ministry. It also undergirds one of the deepest mysteries of the Gospel. Psalm [Read More…]

How Ash Wednesday Enriches Our Lives and Our Relationship with God

Part 2 of series: Ash Wednesday: What? How? Why? Today, I want to reflect with you on the meaning of Ash Wednesday and how, I believe, it can enrich our lives and our faith. The denial of death . . . it’s all around us. When people die, they are often alone, sequestered in hospitals [Read More…]

What is Ash Wednesday? How Do We Observe Ash Wednesday? Why Should We?

Part 1 of series: Ash Wednesday: What? How? Why? In just under two weeks, Christians throughout the world will celebrate Ash Wednesday. It has been my tradition for many years to blog on the meaning of Ash Wednesday, putting up that post on the actual day of Ash Wednesday, which, this year, is February 22. [Read More…]

Creation, Contentment, and Work: Chapter 2

In yesterday’s post, I began thinking about contentment in light of the creation narratives in the Bible. Genesis 1 reveals that human beings were created by God in God’s own image. Thus, we are intrinsically to be involved in the creation, exercising the abilities God has given us in his world. This is made explicit [Read More…]

Creation, Contentment, and Work

In yesterday’s post, I suggested that, for many of us, the paradigm of contentment would be the archetypal person-sitting-on-a-beach-drink-in-hand, someone with nothing to do but enjoy the pleasures of the moment. No worries. No responsibilities. No deadlines. I’ve sometimes heard a Christian version of this paradigm, one in which we find real contentment in life [Read More…]

Considering Contentment

Adam Hamilton has me considering contentment. Last Friday, I wrote about a chapter in his book Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (Abingdon, 2009/12). In “Cultivating Contentment” (ch. 3), Hamilton calls us to develop a sense of contentment in our lives, being satisfied with what we have rather than always striving for more stuff. [Read More…]

What Might You Do If You Really Believed That God Was Here to Help You? Inspiration from The High Calling

What Might You Do If You Really Believed That God Was Here to Help You? Psalm 108:1-13 With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes. Psalm 108:13 After I completed my coursework for graduate school, I served on the staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. I [Read More…]