Thank You, God, for My Dad

My dad and me, a long time ago

Thank You, God, for My Dad Today is a special anniversary in my life, a day of joy and sadness, of loss and thanksgiving. I thought I’d share with you my Daily Reflection for today. Luke 17:11-19 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was [Read More...]

Crystal Cathedral to Convert to Catcholicism?

The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California

Today’s New York Times reports on the genuine possibility that the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, may be purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. If this $50 million purchase were to do through, it would lead to the “conversion” of the most prominent Protestant church icon in Southern California. The reason behind [Read More...]

You Don’t Need More Faith

A mustard flower in Southern California

You Don’t Need More Faith A few days ago, this post was my Daily Reflection, which appears on The High Calling website and is emailed to 15,000 people each morning. It stirred up some interesting conversation, so I thought I’d share it with my blog readers. Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Show [Read More...]

How Does God Guide Us? Some Final Thoughts

Part 23 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In this series I’ve tried to show some of the ways that God guides us. I’ve explained that God guides us through: • Circumstances • Scripture • Community • Reason • Dreams and Visions • Divine Whispering • Spiritual Direction I suggested that we can confirm [Read More...]

Spiritual Guidance for Whose Benefit? Part 3


Part 22 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I used an example from the movie The Sound of Music to illustrate how God’s directions for us are best, even when we can see this in the moment. Like the Reverend Mother who sent Maria back to the von Trapp family, [Read More...]

Spiritual Guidance for Whose Benefit? Part 2

Julie Andrews as Maria van Trapp in The Sound of Music

Part 21 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post, I suggested that God’s guidance is not only for our personal benefit, though we are surely helped when God guides us. But divine guidance is often for the sake of others, and ultimately for the sake of God and His purposes. This [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem

God Defeated the Enemy in Jerusalem Psalm 76:1-12 Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:2-3 Psalm 76 celebrates God’s victory over his enemies. Though we don’t know the specific events that inspired [Read More...]

A Couple of Pictures from Laity Lodge

The Frio River to the north of the Laity Lodge property

As you may know, south central Texas has been experiencing extreme drought conditions for the last few months (though we did get 3/4s of an inch of rain at Laity Lodge this week!). Nevertheless, there is still plenty of natural beauty in the Frio Canyon, where Laity Lodge is located. I thought I’d share a [Read More...]

Spiritual Guidance: For Whose Benefit? Part 1

The maze outside of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia

Part 20 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my last post in this series, I told the story of a woman named Eva who tested what she believed to be the Spirit’s guidance by stepping out in faith. Through doing this, she was able to bring God’s grace to a woman who was [Read More...]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 2

A cliff diver in Acapulco, Mexico. Now that's what I call a leap of faith!

Part 19 of series: How Does God Guide Us? A couple of days ago, I suggested that we can confirm (or disconfirm) the Spirit’s guidance in a variety of ways, but principally through stepping out in faith. I also acknowledged that this can be scary, since it may require us to do something that is [Read More...]

Ivy League Football: A Provocative Moral Dilemma

Harvard vs. Brown in 2009. Go Crimson!

A story in today’s New York Times got me thinking. In “Ivy League to Limit Full-Contact Football Practices” , Ken Belson reports on the recent rule change in the Ivy League that greatly limits full-contact practices for football players. The Ivy League adopted rules far more stringent than anything else in the NCAA as a [Read More...]

Borders is Done: Further Evidence of the Impact of the Internet on Book Publishing

Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

On Monday, I blogged on a New York Times article that documented the “victory” of the E-book revolution. Yesterday’s Times has further evidence of the unprecedented changes facing book publishers and sellers because of the Internet. “Calling Off Auction, Borders Plans to Liquidate” reports on the final downfall of Borders, on of the nation’s leading [Read More...]

Confirming the Spirit’s Guidance, Part 1

Members of Irvine Presbyterian Church caring for orphans in South Africa

Part 18 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Sometimes we won’t know for sure if we have correctly discerned the Spirit’s voice until we step out in faith. This is surely the scariest part of spiritual guidance because it requires both trust in God and a willingness to be embarrassed. But if you ask [Read More...]

The E-Book Revolution: Evidence of a Decisive Victory


A recent article in the New York Times provided evidence that E-books have won a decisive victory in their war with print media. “E-Book Revolution Upends a Publishing Course” by Julie Bosman focuses on the Columbia Publishing Course, perhaps the most prestigious short introduction to the publishing world. Many of the leaders of the top [Read More...]

Divine Guidance and Spiritual Direction

The first book in Howatch's series of novels featuring the Anglican church. I recommend this book, though it is R-rated in spots.

Part 17 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In my opinion, spiritual direction can be a valuable means through which God can guide us. Allow me to explain what I mean and why I think this way. For most Protestant and/or evangelical Christians, the phrase “spiritual direction” is an unfamiliar one. The title of [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: When God Holds Back

When God Holds Back Psalm 74:1-23 Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. Psalm 74:22 Psalm 74 was written after the Babylonians overthrew Jerusalem in 587 B.C. In that year, they destroyed the city, and burnt the temple to the ground. The residents of Jerusalem who were not [Read More...]