The Sin of Gloating

Gloating over the misfortune of another person has become a default response by some to the sorrow experienced by those who hold opposing views. Gloating is an indicator of the sad condition of the heart of the gloater, not the person who suffered an injury because of...

Living in Freedom and Peace

Last night was one of those nights. I didn’t get the uninterrupted kind of sleep we all need that produces refreshment. Long ago, I learned a marriage principle. Talk about uplifting and affirming things as a couple when you get into bed. I violated that principle and...

Joy Up, Church!

As I recover from knee surgery to repair a ruptured tendon, I find myself up at all hours of the night taking pain meds and icing my knee. I write this just a bit after 1:00 am from our living room hoping to let Jan get a few more hours of sleep. I need to keep my...

Overcoming Chaos

The world is restless and so are many within the Church. Peace amid chaos seems like an impossibility. The division chaos has created appears too deep and entrenched to overcome. There is hope, a single hope that has the power to overcome the chaotic affairs of our...

The Simple Moments

It’s going to be hot for the next few days here in southern Oregon. The “low” temperature last night was 61. That would be a nice warm day if it happened mid-winter. I was sitting in my writing chair long before the first faint light of the new day appeared. Finally,...