Reconciliation: it’s our job

Reconciliation: it’s our job

And now, here’s an Evangelism 101 quiz: The job of the Christian is to: ❏ get people to say a special prayer of salvation ❏ get people to come to the front of the church (a.k.a., the altar) and hopefully cry a lot ❏ help people to “realize their potential” and be happy ❏ escape the world and hope […]

How to brew a perfect single-serve coffee latte

How to brew a perfect single-serve coffee latte

If a trip through the Starbucks drive-thru is the highlight of your morning, you know how disappointing a mediocre cup of home-brewed coffee can be. Never fear… if you have a single-cup brewer (such as Keurig or Senseo), a microwave, and a milk frother (optional), you can be out the door with your own satisfying […]

The message of the cross: a Holy Week meditation

The message of the cross: a Holy Week meditation

What is the message of the cross? I think this is a good question to pose, because in one sense, there is only one answer. But in another sense, there are so many. To answer simply, it is reconciliation—that great word that Paul (who wrote much of the New Testament and shared the Gospel across […]

God came camping

God came camping

Considering the average American may move nearly a dozen times in a lifetime, it’s rare that anyone settles down into a “permanent” residence. But we still have high hopes when getting nestled into new digs, and I remember the excitement of becoming a new homebuyer. Being able to really make a place feel like home is so […]

Poetry: found in translation

Poetry: found in translation

Can you turn a phrase? Have you ever added your contribution to the “roses are red” collection of sentiments? Has your inadvertent rhyme elicited the “poet and didn’t know it” response? Poetic pro, or not… most of us have at least some appreciation for artistic beauty. Being a songwriter myself, I consider poets to be my artistic […]

6 ways to be a lifelong learner

6 ways to be a lifelong learner

When I was working on my first master’s degree, one professor crushed my hopes of knowing everything there was to know (ever) when he said that knowledge doubled approximately every seven years. I realized, with despair, that by the time I finished that degree there would be twice as much to know as there was […]

Silence.

This Christian walk is amazingly simple, but it shouldn’t be described as easy. Grant me a moment before launching objections; no doubt, we tend to make it very complicated, but Jesus himself, who could have explained God’s directions with the greatest complexity, actually stated our marching orders very simply: “Love the Lord your God with all […]

Blessed Are… the Silly?

At the risk of making you wonder about my ability to have deep thoughts, I am going to meditate here upon one very fun word: “silly.” It actually is fun to say, besides fun to be. But there’s nothing like the dictionary to be a downer: the American Heritage dictionary first defines “silly” as “exhibiting […]

Sharing Faith: It’s About the People

Sharing Faith: It’s About the People

I once saw a video of a street-preacher trying to convert people at an “adult” film festival. I take that back—he wasn’t trying to convert, he was trying to condemn, and succeeding quite well at it. He had a little bit of knowledge, some of which was accurate, some of which wasn’t, but he had no love. None. Zero. Here […]

Remarks by Readdle on Sale!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about one of my favorite productivity apps, Remarks by Readdle, regularly $4.99, is on sale today for only 99¢ in the App Store! All of Readdle’s apps are on sale at 70% off, in fact, in celebration of the company’s 5th anniversary. What are you waiting for? Go get […]