March 12, 2019

The purpose of temptation is not to undo us.  The purpose is to help us realize how our poverty can never fill our needs by our best inventions.

March 6, 2019

Today we wear the ashes of our impotence and mortality.   It is a day to remember who we are and who we are not.  Today we bring our unedited selves to God so that we start this journey to the cross in the most honest way possible.

I remember the first time I...

February 28, 2019

In this rush about, text-crazy, isolated, and often depressed and angry world we live in, the call to come away for a time to hear a different voice and find a different rhythm can be the most refreshing, life-reordering time.

That’s what Lent should be. 

Lent counters e...

April 13, 2017

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46b

The scene cannot be adequately described even though we try.  Three crosses with three men in utter agony. Blood streaked bodies writhing, gasping for precious oxygen. Each knows that death will come, but not soon...

March 16, 2017

Do you struggle getting everything finished on your agenda?

The convicting truth we learn from Jesus is that we always have enough time to do God’s will.

Jesus knew his time had come to fulfill his purpose. How he used his time after his desert experience was different...

March 8, 2017

Too many times our prayers are about what we want from God.  Even fasting has been used to prove our desperation. We hope God will take pity on us and give us what we want.  But that’s backwards.  Fasting demands that we put all our wants aside to want one thing:  more...

February 19, 2015

Assaulting questions about the direction of the human race are on my mind this Ash

Wednesday. Am I the only one who believes that as population has increased, so has disobedience to God, making excuses, creating rationalizations, and inventing activities to i...

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