How To Pray in a Hurricane

My home state is bracing for it today. Home Depot’s out of generators, and Harris Teeter’s shelves of bread are looking bare. All of the inland hotels are booked up, and flights west are full. There is a hurricane on the way, and not a little one. The summer I was 12, Hurricane Charley visited... Continue Reading →

They don’t write like this anymore.

Because it's just so good... Here's A.W. Tozer on dismissing what we don't understand. Thomas Carlyle, following Plato, pictures a man, a deep pagan thinker, who had grown to maturity in some hidden cave and is brought out suddenly to see the sun rise. “What would his wonder be,” exclaims Carlyle, “his rapt astonishment at... Continue Reading →

The Grammar of Grace (or, How Nouns and Adjectives Make Sense of a Screwed-Up World)

If you're seeing this post on my Facebook feed, then no doubt you've also seen a dozen stories of Christian scandals pop up even today—so-called Christian politicians or disgraced pastors or division between Christian groups, stories that would rightly make a thinking person wonder why anyone would want to associate with those people at all.... Continue Reading →

HM’s story: Stay or Go, Part 4

I've got one last story for you today! This one is from a sweet friend whose staying and going has had huge personal impact on our family, on our church. Although they are momentarily unable to go back overseas as they'd like, in their staying they are hard at work raising up other go-ers. How... Continue Reading →

Shar’s Story: Stay or Go, Part 2

I am so honored to have Shar Walker share her story here today! Shar and I met a few months back at a Gospel Coalition women's event here in Denver, and I knew she would be a fantastic person to interview about the geographical cost of discipleship. Her experiences with the stay-or-go decision, like my... Continue Reading →

Inconvenient Joy

When all of an instant you realize that something beautiful and taken for granted is slipping—has slipped—away. When an old song on the radio brings to mind a very specific, very simple, happy memory—licking frosting from a spatula, or wading in clear water, laughing like anything. When you become aware (a changing of the light,... Continue Reading →

Moving Sidewalks

You know that moment when you're racing through the airport to catch a plane and you decide to take advantage of the moving sidewalk? Suddenly your right foot and your left foot aren't coordinating quite right and your arms are windmilling and you hear that cartoon cowbell sound they always play just before the crash.... Continue Reading →

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