Prodigals

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Connecting to the Larger Narrative

This past week, I took some time off work to celebrate alongside one of my friends as he made a public proclamation of God’s faithfulness to sinners. More to the point, perhaps, this brother of mine had recently hit the 10-year mark in his recovery from alcohol and, as Providence would have it, he was

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

Leave Some Room for Mystery and Awe

This past week, one of my friends shared with me how annoyed he was when an older, mature believer referred to him as “a baby Christian.” Although he would be the first to admit that for most of his life his outward lifestyle manifested precious little in the way of Galatians 5 Spirit Fruits, he

The Apologetic of Listening Well

Human beings, by nature, seek after meaning…but why? No other creature on Earth ever bothers itself with wondering why it is here; apart from human beings, the chief concern of every other animal seems to be eating and (significantly) not getting eaten. Once the scramble for food, clothing and shelter is over, only human beings

Cultivating a Healthy Suspicion of Self

This past week has been a “spiritually invigorating” roller coaster ride for me. Not one, but two very prominent evangelical Christians were fired from their positions of leadership for willful and/or prolonged sinful conduct. In both cases, the sins of these men had been fairly and thoroughly investigated and gracious opportunities to repent had been

The Power to Recover That You Don’t Possess

Two guys with an identical history of abusing alcohol and wrecking their relationships walk into a recovery meeting and are exposed to the exact same material. Same speakers, same offers for assistance and accountability, same everything. One guy has a much-needed “moment of clarity” and realizes his desperate need to turn his life over to

Grace Highlighted in the Life of a Rebel

Yesterday marked my husband’s 55th birthday. We celebrated with family, friends and cake. Lots of cake…way too much cake. And lots of laughter too. On more than one occasion, I found myself sort of “stepping back” and taking it all in. There was Warren, surrounded by people who care about him, uncomfortably accepting the attention