• Wallowing, Worrying, Wimping Out, or Waiting?

    Eighty years is a long time to wait for God to be ready to use you in your life’s great work. Even though Moses lived to be 120, he still spent two-thirds of his life in preparation. God knew exactly what He was doing with Moses, and we will see...

  • In Praise of Godly Women

    by Ben & Tara Orchard Shiphrah and Puah. Not particularly memorable names. But they are certainly memorable women for what they did in ancient Egypt by fearing God, standing up to Pharaoh and refusing to kill infants (Exodus 1:15-22). It is well worth noting that God chose women to save...

  • Living in the Gaps

    For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 If you’ve ever done any kind of boating, kayaking, rafting, or canoeing, you know that when you come ashore you must secure your craft. You...

  • This Can’t Be Happening!

    “This can’t be happening!” This is a statement I’ve said many times to myself over the years when life seems out of control, and there doesn't appear to be any clear answers. God has used many situations in my life to wean me from depending upon my own confidence and...

  • The Fading Magic of Christmas

    I sit in my favorite chair, feet up, sipping coffee, watching the snow come down, fireplace ablaze. Ah! This is what I love. I love the aroma of coffee early on a cold winter morning. I love the December darkness and stillness of a new day. I love this time...

  • Laughter Like a Lion

    I was introduced this year to a poem by G. K. Chesterton that is written through the eyes of the Magi. It serves well as a meditation on the incredible humility we must have in approaching the realities of Christmas. For Christ, this world was not safe, but a place...

  • It Won’t Always Be This Way

    In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the news that "Aslan is on the move" was good news, very good news. Why was the news so good? Because the situation was dire. It was winter, and had been winter for a long, long time and "it never got to...

  • Joy to the World

    "Rejoice always," wrote Paul from a Roman prison. Rejoice is a rich word, meaning, according to a leading Greek lexicon, to be in a state of happiness and wellbeing. For many, this is a fleeting experience encountered rarely, not a reality coming even close to always. As Christmas approaches, and...

  • Dad, You Don’t Know Everything

    “Dad, you don’t know everything.” I remember hearing this more than once from my kids as they were growing up. As parents, we want to have all the answers — or, at least, appear that we do. When it comes to theology, we often do the same thing. Since God’s...

  • Reflecting God’s Light in Marriage

    While rummaging through a drawer this week I came across something very special. A few months ago, the pastor and dear friend who married us 37 years ago gave us the hand-typed pages from our wedding ceremony. He started our wedding out with this statement, “The two most important relationships...