Who is this “God” person, anyway?

If you asked the average American on the street (or perhaps on the couch, the more natural habitat of the American) what God looks like, they would probably say a dude with a white robe, a white beard, and long white hair. It's the stock image of God found in every corner of our culture, … Continue reading Who is this “God” person, anyway?

Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

A poem for Pentecost 2015   Holy Spirit, Wind of heaven, breathe fresh life into my soul Come again, Thou Gift once given, raise these bones and make me whole   As at creation, Lord Life-Giver, stir the depths within my heart Spring in me, Thou living River; fill and flow through every part   … Continue reading Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven

The Sight is Glorious

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. No, I don't mean Cinco de Mayo, important as the Battle of Puebla was in North American history. Today, with people around the world, I am celebrating a far greater triumph. Today - forty days after Easter Sunday - is the Feast of the Ascension … Continue reading The Sight is Glorious

Star Wars and Seeds of Doubt

A few weeks ago, before the rolling yellow opening credits of the latest Star Wars movie appeared in theaters across the land, the crazy theories began to fill my Facebook newsfeed. I'm not just talking about theories about Episode VII. Before the movie came out, those were pretty much all just speculation, and could have … Continue reading Star Wars and Seeds of Doubt

The Coming of the Savior

Christians around the world are observing the season of Advent. This is not the same as Christmas, the celebration of the incarnation and birth of our Savior. Traditionally, Christmastide begins on December 25 and runs for 12 days (hence the song with the partridge) until Epiphany on January 6. Christmas is a time to celebrate … Continue reading The Coming of the Savior

Nurturing the Spiritual Life of My Kids

These days, my four-year-old son is learning a whole host of new skills, like writing the alphabet, singing in tune, riding a bike, and drawing ladybugs. He's making up jokes and figuring out how to cut a sandwich (see picture) and covering his mouth when he coughs. He's developing the desire and ability to be … Continue reading Nurturing the Spiritual Life of My Kids

Eating Your Dinner

Most Christians believe that they are supposed to spend some time every day reading the Bible and praying. Whether they call this time "doing their devotions," "having a quiet time," or something else, they think they are supposed to do it. There are a lot more people who believe that they should do their devotions … Continue reading Eating Your Dinner

Jesus Christ is the Same

The name of this blog comes from a declaration that jumps out of the last chapter of the Letter to the Hebrews: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today - and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). There are lots of directions we could go with this statement. We could make it very personal, experiential, and subjective: … Continue reading Jesus Christ is the Same