First World … Formation

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you... (1 Peter 4:12) Sometimes, if they seem open to the idea, I suggest to people that God doesn't ask us to go through the sorts of things He wasn't (isn't?) willing to go through Himself. He became a human being for that very purpose. And He…Read more First World … Formation

The Like of God

I was loved as a child. I know I was fortunate in this, and I think I even knew it then. I was loved by my family, I mean, which I suspect is the main thing, in childhood. I had a little more trouble at school, though, and somewhere along the way I picked up…Read more The Like of God

Forgive me

How is it that Christians are still so divided along color lines that in almost half a century, a missionary kid like me never heard of the actual "Father of Modern Missions"? Or if I did, it was never in those terms, and I don't remember it?

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

'Tis the season to use the word Glory (or Gloria) a lot. If you're anything like me, the usage mostly happens unthinkingly--except for this year. This year I'm writing a new study for the OSFGroups. The study is called Glory, so I guess I'm noticing the word, and how we use it, much more than usual. The seeds…Read more Gloria in Excelsis Deo

More Than You Can Ask or Imagine

There's a lot going on. I'm writing this while a torrential rainstorm is raging outside my window, except I don't feel like I can legitimately describe it that way, because Texas has just been demolished by hurricane Harvey, the Caribbean and quite possibly soon Florida are being more-than-pummeled by Irma, and the Columbia River Gorge…Read more More Than You Can Ask or Imagine