Into thin air

Cindy (not her real name) had stopped attending Young Life meetings, and was partying pretty hard again. She acknowledged as much when I asked her what was going on. Cindy had made a profession of faith in Christ, and tried the Christian life for a few months.Then she walked away. "It's not for me," she said, owning her choice but avoiding eye contact with me after that. We hung around occasionally after that, but she drifted away. I chalked it up to imagining she felt convicted by my … [Read more...]

Dodgeball revisited

I'm 49 years old, far too old for Dodgeball. Right? Today I was sitting in a meeting at work, and some of the other staffers were discussing some end-of-semester student activities. One of these events was a Dodgeball tournament with the proceeds going to a ministry in Africa. The person making the announcement said, "I'd like to see Student Affairs staffers put together a team and participate." Then he looked around the room to see who might want to join the effort. I could not believe what I … [Read more...]

A little light hit a dark corner in my soul this morning. Maybe these words will do the same for you today. Listen: Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." "Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11and say to the owner of the … [Read more...]

I’m not making this up…

If you and I have ever talked about books, you know I have always proudly proclaimed that I'm not much of a fiction person. Oh, I appreciate the classics, and have written a number of works myself fiction over the years (kids' stories, plays and skits), but I've not been grabbed by much contemporary fiction of either the CBA or ABA variety. Every once in a while, a brilliant book cuts through the chatter and silliness and reminds me that sometimes fiction is the best way of all to tell the … [Read more...]

Post-election consolation prizes

In the wake of Tuesday's election, I have read and listened to plenty of response from Christians across the spectrum. And one of the things I'm hearing again and again, usually from people disappointed (or much, much worse) about the results is the phrase "God is sovereign".This phrase is usually a part of some self-comforting speech that goes something like this: "Even though we're not at all happy with the way things went on Tuesday, and this country is going to go ______ (fill in the blank … [Read more...]

Random anecdote Tuesday

It's not too often we get an opportunity to have a do-over in life, but on Sunday afternoon, I had a chance to revise a reader's theater script I'd adapted from a Tolstoy short story almost 15 years ago. The script was published by Eldridge Publishing as part of a book of short readings and program ideas for Christmas. The new version is a definite improvement.Which leads me to wonder if I will feel the same way in 15 years about what I'm writing these days. And I already know the answer. * * * … [Read more...]

The audacity of hope

"The candidate who is most positive about our future almost always wins elections."Seems so obvious, doesn't it?I heard a commentator mention this last night, and it got me thinking. In all the polling and endless analysis, all sorts of other things are measured. Rarely have I heard the media focus on a candidate's hopefulness as a cardinal virtue. (And talking about "hope" in terms of audacity, slogans or birthplaces doesn't count here.) A good political leader is the person who can actually … [Read more...]