Discerning Spiritual Fault Lines

I listened to a seismologist talking about earthquakes. After the broadcast, I considered the spiritual parallels between natural quaking and the shaking events in our lives. Earthquakes rupture along a fault line and move away from the epicenter of the original event...

Defining Fringe Elements

Most of us have heard the phrase “fringe element.” Typically, those words are used negatively, describing a group of people outside the mainstream. Not all who are on the fringe are negative. Jesus and first-century believers were called a sect, a fringe element of...

Understanding Times and Seasons

This morning, Jan and I talked about ways to recalibrate our lives in preparation for the coming of 2021. We realize some things are transpiring that do not give us the luxury of waiting until January 1 to enter deeper spiritual disciplines. Daniel’s life was the...

Unfriendly Fire

Someone who discharges a firearm is responsible for the bullet from the moment it is fired until it ceases forward motion. The path of the bullet carries legal, civil, and moral consequences. So do our words. One of the sad things in war is death by friendly fire....

Portion Control

This is a time to become lean in our faith. Many things are being offered on the plate of our lives. If these things are not portion-controlled, they will add layers of confusion and inhibit our ability to move at the speed of faith. Yesterday, as Jan and I were...