Lessons In Endings and New Beginnings

Every new beginning comes with some other beginning’s end. – Semisonic / Closing Time. Just a few months ago I preached my own take on that line from Closing Time that went like this: God is always writing new beginnings into the endings of our lives. Maybe not as cool as the Semisonic lyric but…

2019 Reading List

I have been hanging out in Greenville, South Carolina for the last few days while my wife Laura is attending a conference.  Greenville is a really great little city. It’s got an awesome park and river walk area, plenty of good food and coffee shops, some interesting history, and, probably my favorite part: M Judson…

Tyler Trent And Light In The Wilderness Of Life

I don’t mean to start the new year on a sad note, but I just got an email from a co-worker sharing the ESPN article about Tyler Trent’s death. If you don’t know about Tyler, he’s the 20-year-old Purdue superfan who has inspired thousands while battling cancer for the past 5 years. If you haven’t seen…

Where Is The Good Way? Or What To Do When Life Gets Crazy

There were a million things racing through my head this morning (after a few cups of coffee, of course!). Laura and I returned from a wonderful vacation early this morning and now it’s back to the grind: we are weeks away from some of the biggest events of our year and the return of our…

What To Do When Fear Is Winning

Today I was ready to write a scathing tirade against anyone opposing immigration and the welcoming of refugees into this country. I had a nice first draft but, as my wife so kindly reminded me, that would be missing the point! As I’ve thought about it, I’m not as much frustrated with the conversations and…

Limits

“The ritual action of Ash Wednesday, ashes being marked on our foreheads in the sign of a cross, reminds us of our brokenness, our mortality, and our dependence on God to work new life in us and through us. We are not in control.” – Kai Nilsen, Engage Lent is about limits. The limits of…