The recent blaze which destroyed much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in France has me reflecting on the grand works of art to which the masses flock. Many will analyze the value of churches like Notre Dame in light of this loss and the cost required to maintain such large monuments. Though a church, it … More The highest expression of devotion
The flames pushed high into the night sky, inching their way from the base to the top of the spire. Voices gasped, hearts stopped. A beautiful monument was crumbling before our eyes. Standing on the perimeter, watching across the ocean, unable to help or save. It looked like a lost cause, now smoldering, broken, stripped … More Damaged but not destroyed
He wasn’t talking about Peter when he said, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” No, you have to read the whole passage in Matthew 16, to understand what Jesus was saying. He’d … More The Gates of Hell
You never know when God is going to surprise you. I had a beautiful surprise today–in fact, it gave me such joy, I shed tears while at my desk at work. Today, through a simple forty-five second voice message, a dear sister refreshed my soul. She knew of Raouf’s love for the Libyan people. She … More Good news from a distant land
It’s really simple, and if you are like me this week, you received a major reminder of that in the announcement of a man’s death. His name was Billy Graham. What’s simple? The Gospel message. What have I done? Allowed Satan to complicate matters: It’s hard to share with certain people groups. People will not … More The Devil’s in the Complications
I have noticed an interesting trend in the last couple of years…people are becoming less attached to social media. I can’t give you a statistic, just an observation from life. I look at my boys, who did not grow up in the United States, but upon our return, jumped on the digital bandwagon mainly to … More Withdrawing
I was locked inside the library with my boss and co-worker on Saturday. The building was surrounded by barricades and police. I could see snipers on the rooftops overlooking our downtown square. A garbage truck was parked in the middle of the street to keep someone from using a vehicle as a weapon. And still … More Post tenebras lux
Have you ever wanted to just “go off the grid” and hide from the troubles of this world? I’ve seriously considered it more than once in the last 50 years. It seems between natural and man-made disasters, the world is coming to an end. I have friends who have stopped watching the news; they claim it’s … More No exemptions
I was always a strong-willed child. My mother used to say I should pause before I so freely spoke my mind. She had the gift of restraint…me, not so much. As the years have passed, I like to think the Lord has helped me to develop that very important spiritual gift of self-control. It’s a … More What do we have to prove?
Today was a day full of emotions, for as I prepared to go to my church to celebrate Palm Sunday, I knew that most of our congregation had anything but celebrating in mind, as we awoke to the news of attacks on two churches in Egypt. Once again, a Christian holiday had been ruined by … More What did Jesus say?