Talk Amongst Yourselves: New Conversations

Does it seems as though civil discourse is on the endangered species list? When discussion is reduced to talking heads yelling at one another on cable news channels, posting inflammatory commentary on Facebook, or calling each other snarky names on Twitter, where is there space in our world to ask questions, listen to the experiences of others, and stretch both mind and soul?When my friend Melinda told me she was gathering a group of women for the purpose of conversation, I was all ears. Wh … [Read more...]

The Cost Of Listening

In the wake a week where Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa lost their lives, I appreciated post after post on social media again calling for whites to silence themselves and listen to the experiences of African-Americans. The kind of listening that comes from a deep desire to understand is a crucial first step. I want to be that kind of listener.At the conclusion of those three gut-wrenching days following July … [Read more...]

A Time To Be Silent; A Time To Speak

The week began with headlines remembering the courageous life and work of Elie Wiesel. But those headlines were replaced almost instantly with shaky cell phone images that have rightly scorched the emotions of most everyone I know. Those images, along with the others in recent years that have grabbed our collective attention (for a while, anyway), give all of us eyes to see what has been happening for years when there were no cell phone cameras and 24-hour news channels. This week has brought us … [Read more...]

In Search Of Mercy

 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’" (Luke 18:9-14 NIV) Imagine the scene Jesus described in … [Read more...]

Welcome to Zebra World!

"When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras." - Attributed to Dr. Theodore WoodwardA doctor gave this bit of homespun advice to a a group of medical students as a way of telling them to focus on the most obvious causes for an illness when a patient came in search of help, rather than using all their newfound medical knowledge to hunt for rare diseases they'd just learned about in a textbook. That is wise advice, unless you happen to be a patient who is, in fact, a zebra.I … [Read more...]

Praying For Healing: Advance Or Surrender?

I've attended churches that didn't believe in supernatural healing: "Those kinds of miracles occurred in the first century, but God doesn't do that any more now that we have the written Word of God. Except maybe once in a while for missionaries living in far-away places." Prayers for healing among these folks often took the form of asking God to guide the doctor's hands during medical procedures. Interestingly, many of these people who didn't believe in supernatural healing were into alternative … [Read more...]

Follow Me, don’t follow me, me or me

In the last week alone, a fairly well-known Bible teacher in the Messianic community, Ligonier Ministries head RC Sproul, Jr., and the President of Southern Baptist-affiliated North Greenville University each stepped down from their leadership positions after violating their marriage vows. In the case of at least two of them, they were forced to confess after they were caught via Ashley Madison or irrefutable video evidence. Let's face it - when you confess only after you've been caught, your … [Read more...]


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