Life is Vapor, Week 12

We wrapped it up last night, our study of Ecclesiastes.  The Preacher has taken us one by one down a maze of dead-end roads, pushing us past our pat answers.  As Derek Kidner says, "The searching questions he has asked are those that life itself puts to us, if we will only listen.  He can…

In a World Dry as Kindling

Dear Kids, As you might have noticed, we were born in America.  We come from families with a long history of working hard to beat the odds, of excelling in all kinds of jobs—or not, as the case may be.  We have drinkers and pirates and politicians and scalawags, artists, creators, teachers, and pastors lining…

Life is Vapor, Week 11

"Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest." — Mark Buchanan "Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the…

Life is Vapor, Week 10

What can we do when we're lost in the dark?  How can we confront the absurdities of life on a fallen planet?  What does it mean to choose light? Last night we talked about this idea of choosing light, setting our hearts on things above, consciously turning away from darkness that could swallow us whole.…

Life is Vapor, Week 9

So enjoyed our conversation about spiritual battle Sunday night!  It went right along with this gem from Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening... Stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord.  (Exodus 14:13) "These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot…