Catalyst for Compassion

It’s a book for people with a passion for justice. For readers who love a well-told story. For students with a hankering for history. It’s a book for folks who want their life to count, but worry it won’t. For would-be world-changers who wonder how to invest their time and energy. For those who would... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones

Are you still shock-able?  Several times recently, a Christ-follower on social media has shocked me completely. The circumstances have been very different—for instance, a writer publicly nursing a private wound, or in another case, a thinker and his Twitter followers howling out against injustice. In each case, someone lashed out, using the harshest language we... Continue Reading →

On Raising Support

Once again we find ourselves raising support, a process designed to terrify the most hardy souls. But it's good, it really is, it's so good! What follows is nothing new if you've read my book, but it's a great reminder for me. (I find I need to preach the truth to myself time to time,... Continue Reading →

Make Me a Window

Dear Lord, Humble, expectant, adoring, thankful, trusting, fearless, free, obedient, submissive, cheerfully willing, resolute, unflappable, thirsty to know You, restless to find You, aware of Your fingerprints, beauty-struck, truth-dazzled, childlike, wonder-full, amaze-able, gracious, overflowing, joyful, lavish, servant-hearted, last and least, single-minded, undistracted, honest, hopeful, simple, quiet, bold and unashamed-- Mold me into such a posture,... Continue Reading →

Sola Gratia

It is a beautiful phrase, rolls over the tongue like a dessert at Macaroni Grill:  sola gratia.  By grace alone we are saved, undeserving sinners though we are.  By the kindness of God, by the compassion of Jesus.  Grace is our highest doctrine, our most precious inheritance.  For 500 years we have repeated, sola gratia. ... Continue Reading →

Mamas and Boys

Four mamas, nine boys between us.  The oldest is fifteen, the smallest fiercely five, and we’ve been through it.  From infertility to a whole lot of surprising fertility, from spectrums and conditions to hand-wringing and tears.  We’ve seen the inside of a lot of hospitals and churches and counselors’ offices and McDonalds, laughed and snorted... Continue Reading →

The Sun Also Rises

It’s between the rock and the hard place.  Between the devil you know and the devil you don’t.  It’s at the crossroads of unanswered prayers and thwarted desires, deeply held but conflicting priorities, impending doom to the one side and catastrophes to the other.  It’s where ironies tumble one upon the next and paradox makes... Continue Reading →

Live free.

I am profoundly, deeply, absolutely and only human.  No surprise there, right?  But I think there are a lot of people who are confused on this point.  You see them all around — outraged, entitled, critical, and despondent.  People who expect other people to part around them like they’re Moses crossing the Red Sea.  (Although,... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Their Parting Gift

My sweet friend Heidi Treibel joins us today.  I asked her for permission to share this beautiful story, knowing that many of you can relate.  These are her words. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a... Continue Reading →

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