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The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Empowering Love of the Father

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and, as usual, Christians all over the world celebrated the truly-distinctive mark of their faith, one of the most well-documented and attested historical events in all of antiquity, namely the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. In academic circles, no one seriously denies that Jesus was an itinerant Jewish

In my own bed? Check. Dad awake? Check. Zzzzzzzzz.

Not too long after everyone in our home fell asleep on the evening of Feb. 28th, a fairly-impressive hailstorm hit mid-Missouri. Sometime after 11 p.m., the wind began blowing powerfully enough such that decent-sized chunks of ice began raining down on our rooftop and glass windows, creating a terrible racket and waking our entire family.

Remember Who You Are

It seems to me that the Christian life consists largely of a struggle against our own forgetful nature. After having embraced the truth that Christ has rescued us from death, all of life then becomes about trying to live out what we say we believe, to remember who we are in light of that rescue.

‘I just want my life to make a difference.’

We have absolutely no clue how God might be pleased to use us in this life. Neither do we have the faintest idea what the impact of our lives might look like 20, 50, or even hundreds of years after our death. Since God has placed eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), those of us

Scandalous, Unthinkable Nearness

Romans 5:7-8 (ESV) For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When other people wound me – whether through their words, actions

Damage, Beauty and Faithful Remembrance

One of the more astonishing passages, for me, in the account of John the Apostle is the rather-morbid moment when the doubts of the disciple Thomas are erased forever by his coming quite literally in contact with the torn-flesh wounds on the hands, feet and side of the risen Jesus. Most of the time, I

My Own Personal ‘Shepherd’s Staff’

For a few months now, I’ve been carrying around three small stones that I picked up on the coast of Maine while visiting family this past August. One of my favorite pastimes while oceanside is to walk the beach looking for unusually-colored or oddly-shaped stones thrown up on the shore by the waves. The East