Praying for you, future Pope

The last time a Pope resigned, Martin Luther hadn't been born yet and leeches were still a standard form of medical care. Pope Benedict XVI gave his two weeks' notice today (just weeks after he began twittering!), and the world has erupted into prayers and conversations about who will be next to fill St. Peter's sandals. I am sure there's politicking and all sorts of murmured conversations taking place among those filling slots in the upper levels of the church's org chart in advance of the … [Read more...]

Reviews: Pursuing God’s Will Together and I’ve Got Your Back

I've had some pretty terrible leaders. I've served under leaders who were burned out, on power trips, coddling a secret life of sin and corruption. I've had leaders who were living illustrations of The Peter Principle, and others who got their training in the Benito Mussolini School of Management.A good, long look in the mirror shows me the face of someone who has been a terrible leader, too. Left to my own devices, I tend to make fast, unilateral decisions – which can alternately frustate or t … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #7 – Mama Rebekah

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the “Blog Categories” pull-down menu in the right column of this screen and click on “Pilgrim’s Road Trip”. * * * * * * *When she was pregnant, the rock `em sock `em twins within Rebek … [Read more...]

Pray For The Johns Day

There are many worthy organizations working to end human trafficking and sex slavery. These efforts refract the love of Jesus into dark, difficult  places and carry out his ministry of setting captives free.The thing is, those who sell their bodies for money or drugs are not the only captives here. Their customers - the johns - are captives, too.Anna Broadway, a fellow contributor to Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog, launched a prayer initiative last year called Pray For The Johns … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #6 – Mrs. Lot

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the “Blog Categories” pull-down menu in the right column of this screen and click on “Pilgrim’s Road Trip”. * * * * * * * It's not like the twin cities had been such a great environment f … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #5 – Hagar

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, go to the “Blog Categories” pull-down menu in the right column of this screen and click on “Pilgrim’s Road Trip”. * * * * * * * Being a sister wife would have been an upgrade for Hagar. But she … [Read more...]

On oldies

I've heard it from a number of my age peers. And the number of classic rock radio stations in the U.S. bears it out.Boomers love the music of their youth.Of course, there's nothing new about nostalgia. (Pun intended.) I remember my parents grooving on 1950's and pre-Beatles 1960's pop music, and my grandma enjoying Lawrence Welk interpretations of Sinatra and Crosby songs popular during her own salad days. Nostalgia is a filter made of cotton candy that strains out the awkwardness, mess and … [Read more...]