Welcome, Wanted, or Missed

Welcome, Wanted, or Missed

Dec 18

I’ve shared this story many times, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever shared it here.  If I’m repeating myself, please forgive me – it is a testament to how much this made an impact on me. One Sunday at church, I noticed a young man sporting a very “punk” look – dark clothes, facial piercings, spiky hair.  His appearance was very distinct from the typical midwestern churchgoer.  I...

Getting Closer

Getting Closer

Oct 10

I have a “movie curse” – in almost every movie, my favorite character will die.  It’s become a joke among those who know me.  I can lean over to someone during a movie and whisper, “That character is going to die” and they know I like that character (who then dies).  Sometimes I’ll say, “I wish I didn’t like that character.”  In my favorite movie, “The Man in the Iron...

Healing

Healing

Sep 05

My wife and I had our first cancer scare earlier this year.  She underwent a surgery to remove the organs on which the cancer had been identified.  Thankfully, there was no cancer but the organs still needed to be removed in order for her to get well.  Then there were many weeks of healing before she was back to herself. Think about surgery for a moment.  The purpose of surgery is often to...

Have you met Jesus?

Have you met Jesus?

Jul 04

Today I got to be “Jesus” for a young family.  They were trying to get out of the place they’re renting and into a new home, but didn’t have enough for the first month’s rent and deposit.  God blessed me with enough to make the deposit for them.  It was such a delight to get to be part of what God is doing for them and to hear them give God the glory for it. But that wasn’t my...

The Archer’s Paradox

The Archer’s Paradox

May 12

Imagine that you have a bow and you’re trying to shoot an arrow at a target.  When you release the string, it is going to throw force directly at the bow.  The arrow, however, rests on the side of the bow.  In order to fully utilize the force of the string and properly hit the target, the arrow needs to go through the bow itself.  Yet, despite the arrow pointing to the side, it flies...

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Apr 18

Picture an Easter Egg, all pretty and painted on the outside.  Now imagine cracking it open, only to discover that it was vile and rotten on the inside. That was sin, in the beginning.  It was contained, walled up and enclosed.  But our ancient enemy painted a pretty picture of it, making it look and sound enticing.  So we cracked it open and tried it out, only to discover that what was...