“Be Still, and Know That I Am God”


Be still, and know that I am God.”

Has our Father ever asked us to do anything that we fail at more spectacularly than this simple command?

For a long time, I didn’t know these words were from Psalm…


Genuine Faith Never Comes Easily or Cheaply

Some things just can’t be rushed.

No matter how badly you want it, you’ll not be able to enjoy the shade from a 75-year-old oak tree unless someone 75 years ago took the trouble and had the foresight to…


“He Can Lick Stamps with My Head on Them!”


I love the Olympics. And I’ve enjoyed the London Games particularly as the Brits have done, it seems to me, a jolly good job. (I’m glad they’re racking up some pretty impressive medal success, too. Give me free games in…


A Rule That Will Bless Us: No Whining Allowed

My mother-in-law has just moved from her apartment down and around the corner from our house, where she moved around five years ago, to assisted living in a community about 75 miles away.

I don’t like it much. I…


Adam and Eve’s Kids All Harbor Delusions of Divinity

We are most certainly Adam’s kids, are we not?

It’s part and parcel of the sinful human nature, this desire that we all have—even those of us who have bowed to the lordship of Christ—to want our own way…


Experts Are Never in Short Supply


We don’t hear much about surpluses these days. Shortages, yes. Surpluses, no. But I suppose one thing will never be in short supply. We may even have a surplus of . . . experts.

Flip on any channel. Lift…


When All Boats Leak, Any Boat Beats Treading Water

I confess. It’s hard for me to imagine how anyone can be completely convinced that their Christian tradition is absolutely the best, 100% on target, and exactly “the one” regarding which the God of the universe would say, “Yep, you…


Swimming in a Shark Tank Is Thought-provoking

Very, very little about “reality TV” is real.

Put a little lipstick on a pit bull and you’ll have something a lot more “real” and a good deal nicer than, for example, supposedly “real housewives” who are mostly collagen…


“Well, It Just Must Be the Will of God”


“Well, it is the will of God. That’s all there is to it.”

So said an anguished father in India who had just lost his young son in a cholera epidemic. So, unfortunately, says someone at almost every death…


To Beard or Not To Beard: That Is the Question


A gentleman by the name of Maynard Good Stoddard wrote an article for The Saturday Evening Post many moons ago which my brother, for some reason, sent my way. It is entitled “To Beard or Not To Beard.”

Mr. Stoddard…


The God of the Universe Is Our Father

Christians are united as brothers and sisters spiritually by the very same truth that makes siblings brothers and sisters physically—they have the same father (well, Father, in this case).

What an amazing blessing! God is our Father!

It is…


Just Thinking About “Time in a Bottle”


“What is a grain of wheat?” Paul Tournier asks. “It contains a whole plant you cannot yet see. What is a silkworm? You cannot define it without seeing in advance all its metamorphosis. What is a child? You cannot…