Bible Reading Just 20 Minutes a Day?

What can you get out of a daily Bible Reading of just 20 minutes a day? No matter what is going on, I do not let myself go to sleep without my discipline of 20-25 minutes a day reading through the Bible. (Yes, even as late as I stay up.) Some have criticized this “shallow” reading […]

Humility is God’s Strategy

As I think about this last week, I have realized that our country is filled with strong emotions on all sides, but deeply polarized in these feelings. Some are celebrating like in the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy’s house fell on one of the Wicked Witch of the East, dancing and singing, “Ding-dong […]

Secure in Christ

What a time we live in! And the election is tomorrow. Am I alone in spending time speculating what might be the reactions in our country to one outcome or another? Not only do we have to wonder how the loser and his followers might react, but I remember riots when a city’s team wins […]

Always a Gardener

While listening to Prof. Greg Koukl at this weekend’s Apologetics Conference, I realized that his comments on witnessing also provided insights for us as parents. He said, “I’m a gardener, not a harvester.” It struck a chord with me as I remembered Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.  In this parable, Jesus actually describes four soils […]

My Quiet Time Rung a Bell…

I came across this verse in my QT two nights ago: But Jesus called them to Himself, and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be […]

An Endless Supply of Pacifiers

Our daughter Hope was an addict… to pacifiers. Anybody else have that? She could not get to sleep without one. Many a night we had to search the house from top to bottom to find the Binky so she would finally stop crying and fall peacefully to sleep. One road trip, somehow we got to […]

Stop the Hand Wringing, Focus on the Mission

As the election nears and news from all sides gets worse and worse, nearly apocalyptic, “This election could mark the end of democracy as we know it.”, perhaps we need to take a breath. Who are we? What is our mission? What gives us peace and purpose?  First and foremost, we are believers in the […]

God, Where Are You in This? 

When a devastating act of evil occurs like 9/11, even believers can be shaken in their faith. The toll in human life is hard to wrap one’s mind around and the pain even in the lives of the survivors seems unending. At times like this, our preparation and training needs to be strong so that […]

It’s Hard Not to be Moved…

As part of remembering 9/11, my wife Linda DVRs History Channel documentaries of the events. As we watch them, we are struck anew at the incredible care for one another and courage on display by first responders and co-workers of those in the Twin Towers. In one documentary, it focused on spouses and parents at […]