Indispensable

Indispensable

I can’t say it loudly enough—“It’s about relationships!” We as Christians must remind ourselves again and again that the core of our lives as disciples of Jesus is not religious activity; the indispensable aspect is our relational connection with God and with others....
Anticipation

Anticipation

The miracle of the fallen walls of Jericho recorded in Joshua 5-6 is among the most familiar Old Testament stories. The Israelites marching around the walls, the trumpets and shouting, and the “against all odds” disintegration of an up-until-then impenetrable barrier...
A Trip Never to Forget

A Trip Never to Forget

I was deployed with the US Army just 2 weeks after the attacks of 9/11. Eventually, much of our unit found its way to Afghanistan where we were assigned several interpreters. I connected with an interpreter from Pakistan who happened to be Christian. We became very...
Winter Trees and Empty Graves

Winter Trees and Empty Graves

My childhood home area was the Appalachian foothills of northern Pennsylvania, a place aptly nicknamed “the endless mountains” of PA. It’s a landscape of wooded rolling hills capped with untold millions of trees, making for bright greens in spring, deeper emeralds in...
The “Jesus Paradox”

The “Jesus Paradox”

I want to let you in on some wrestling I have been doing with God lately. It involves two unassailable Biblical facts about Jesus. First, Jesus never compromised, soft-pedaled, or underplayed truth. Jesus never sinned in any way (Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21)....
Winter Trees and Empty Graves

The Next Chapter

Many of us have watched a television series that ends an episode with a “cliffhanger.” That’s the strategy that leaves an important plot element hanging in the balance without resolution, leading us to say, “wait, what is going to happen?” The need to know how things...