Sea of Words

Before me lies a sea of words which ones to choose, said I, the words of a sweet lullaby or words that would make you cry? In these days, we’re tempted, true, to turn away our gaze on you, but let me be the one who stays, who remembers the countless ways you’ve saved us …

Not So With You

One of my favorite verses in Scripture is from Matthew’s incredible account of Jesus’ response to a mother’s request. The mother of the Zebedee sons (James and John), later identified as Salome*, has one favor to ask of Jesus: Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked …

Why Serve?

The foundation of this series of posts rests on serving those in need. My assumption from the outset is we agree that serving is important, so it’s essential to stop and consider what it means to serve. Why serve? At its core, serving others is focused on giving up the scarce resource we all have …

When Leaders Pray

In one way or another, we’re all leaders. People will choose to follow (or not) based on our actions, decisions we make, policies we support, or the goals we pursue. Leaders, in this case, suggest those who are leading well, i.e., they are respected and admired. The number of people following is not the point, …

Time to Grow Up

I listened to another sermon by Tim Keller today that caused me to stop and consider my current spiritual maturity. Our culture is pretty good about keeping track of progress during our formative years as humans on the planet. Soon after we’ve learned to walk and talk, we begin the assessment process from Pre-K all …

Remember the Poor

Pull up a chair. Sit and listen to the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians: All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. The impact of this single verse fails to convey the powerful punch with which it …

Practice Hospitality

The NIV translation of Romans 12:13 is quite appealing: Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. I love the idea that we are to practice hospitality. Years ago, I wanted to publish a magazine with the title, Practicing Parents. I kept the domain name for years, but alas, I never followed …