Review | The Gospel of John: When Loves Comes To Town

When I worked at Trinity International University's bookstore, we stocked shelves and shelves of Bible commentaries. At the beginning of each new semester, a few gung-ho young seminarians would come in to the store and browse the commentaries in order to debate the the academic and theological street cred of various authors. Most seminarians couldn't afford to buy many commentaries, but they sure did like to window shop! I browsed my fair share of commentaries as well, and borrowed armloads of … [Read more...]

Ted dreamed a dream…

Three days ago, Ted Williams was a homeless guy panhandling along a freeway. Now he's the latest media sensation in a you tube genre first clicked into life by viral viewings of the never-been-kissed middle-aged Susan Boyle. When Ted opened his mouth and a velvety FM baritone came out, the world stopped for a moment to listen - and then forwarded Ted's feel-good story on to their friends. Everyone loves a happy ending, and as the offers and media appearances are now piling on for Ted as they did … [Read more...]

Update from Pillow Mountain

Hello, 2011! Though recovery from shoulder surgery is no fun, I am happy to be typing with two hands today thanks to my new friend Mr. Vicodin and a big pillow propping my right forearm. Many people have been praying for me, and that prayer support has translated into a different kind of big pillow during the last few days. Here's a brief photo update:Years ago, I had a friend who worked at a trophy factory. She made me this bowling trophy look-a-like plaque that reads: "The Eternal God is your … [Read more...]

Away, but no vacation

This is not my torn rotator cuffI'll be on a bit of a blogging hiatus as I'm scheduled for rotator cuff surgery tomorrow morning. Blessings to you as you celebrate the rest of this Christmas/New Year's season.I'd appreciate your prayers for rapid rehab and healing. See you soon. … [Read more...]

Christmas blessing

First century manger   "In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be … [Read more...]

If it’s good enough for Oprah…

        An energetic blogger I follow put together a list of favorite things, a la The First Lady Of All Media, Oprah. Both women's lists got me thinking about what I might include in my imaginary Michelle's Swag Bag, 2010 version.Leonard Sweet's book will change the way you think about symbols and stories - your life and God's message. Every sentence is a revelation.Purple Birkenstocks! How fun is this? Though I don't read much fiction, this book stayed … [Read more...]

God’s man for the job?

Tony* was building a career he really enjoyed when a leadership crisis at his church erupted. His steady, calm, servant-hearted personality and peacemaking gifts played a huge role in helping to settle the chaos. The elders at the mid-sized congregation invited him to join the church staff. "You'll be able to use your skill set for kingdom purposes," they told Tony. "We believe you're God's man for the job." What a vote of confidence! The request was both surprising and flattering to Tony. … [Read more...]