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The Lost Art of Really Listening

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”  James 1:19 I have this very vivid memory of a particular gym class during my elementary school years.  The physical ed. teacher declared that it was “free gym day”, which meant a bunch of…

Faith Expressed through Obedience

“Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” Genesis 22:5 I stepped into chapel feeling spiritually and emotionally sunken.  The student worship band had already began their first set as I shuffled around lethargically for a…

TARRYING IN THE TENT OF DIVINE INTIMACY

“When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” Exodus 33:11 Crisis can have a very clarifying effect upon the human heart. A Common Concern Many church leaders today share a common concern.  They wonder if the present pandemic will prove…

What Do You Have in Your Hand?

The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” Exodus 4:2 It was a bright and cloudless morning. As Leah and I waited for the doors of the elevator to open and to step into a  new chapter of life, we carried a common anxiety.  This would be our very…

The Power of a Praying Mother

Augustine of North Africa Few people have the kind of far-reaching influence for the cause of Christ as the man famously called, “Augustine of Hippo” (modern-day Algeria).  To this great defender of the faith, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.  Augustine’s spiritual depth and insight shines bright in his timeless works , “The Confessions”  and…

Enlarging Our Cultural Perspective

“Reimagining the evangelical tradition to include voices that have been obscured isn’t just good for marginalized Christians—it’s good for all Christians.” —Charles Octavius Boothe The expanding of our perspective and the lens in which we see the world can truly be an intimidating prospect.  I believe that there are many good-intentioned people who are aware of…

M L K

I knew exactly what I needed to do. One of my classmates was in serious trouble for something I knew deep down in my heart he did not do.  I was standing only a few feet away from the principal’s office, but it felt as if I stood on the other side of a deep ravine. …

What If . . .?

Imagine a place where people can find freedom from being identified by a particular political label.  Instead of wondering whether someone is a democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, they are respected and valued simply as being someone who is made in the image of God.  What if we began to see one another as…

Making the Best Use of Our Time

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” So, what are they? You know…, those promises you’re thinking about making to yourself right before the end of the year.  Whatcha going with this year?     …execise a little more? … spend…