There are times when we are so worn down, so tired, so demoralized, that we have no idea what to say to God. At these times, we may not even be sure that God is there. If we had the energy we would shout. If we had the energy we might cry out with the … Continue reading You Are Not Abandoned. Here’s How I Know.
Racial tension in Cincinnati was at a peak in 2001. Riots had broken out in downtown. Distrust ran deep. You could feel the walls that had been built up in the community over the years. In that mix, Northminster Presbyterian Church, a predominantly white congregation, and Winton Hills Presbyterian, a predominantly black congregation, determined that … Continue reading The Inspiring Event Two Churches Planned For Racial Harmony (Meditation on Ephesians 2:14)
At the end of January, I gave a presentation to the CS Lewis Institute on "Going Deeper With the Holy Spirit"Now, that presentation is available online for free at Prezi (click here to view).There is audio for each slide, so make sure your sound is up. Please note that you'll have to manually advance to … Continue reading Now Available: Going Deeper With the Holy Spirit.
Have you stalled in your pursuit of your big dream? Then consider Vinod Khosla. Khosla made his mark as a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Since then he has built a career on daring venture capital investments in clean energy technology. One of his big ideas was to convert wood chips into crude oil. Unfortunately, that … Continue reading How One Simple Principle Can Help You Pursue Your Dream
First the bad news: we’re all scarecrows. Not the cute “Wizard of Oz” kind of scarecrow, with a winsome song and dance. Nor the scary “Batman” kind of scarecrow as psychopathic super-villain. No. We’re the T.S. Eliot kind of scarecrow: “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with … Continue reading Food For Thought: We Are All Scarecrows (Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-5)
When I was a child, prayer came naturally. Like most children, I just spoke with God. But then I became a sophisticated teenager. Relationships suddenly became vast forests of mystery and complex interactions. Every conversation was pregnant with both pitfalls and opportunities. I discovered, as we all do when we leave childhood behind, that people … Continue reading Pray Like A Jazz Soloist – It’ll Set You Free
Have you had one of those days where things seem to connect? That was my Wednesday. My mid-morning coffee break usually includes reading online magazines, looking for interesting and inspiring stories to add to my collection. I was not disappointed. I came across this touching article about the Belgian village of Geel. This little community … Continue reading These Ordinary People Are Quietly Changing The World
Do you feel like you need a reminder that you are not forgotten? That you matter? That your presence and your effort have had some effect? Believe me, you matter. You have been God’s instrument of blessing in someone’s life. There is, out there, someone who is very thankful that they encountered you along the … Continue reading An Easy And Simple Way You Can Make Somebody’s Day (Meditation on Ephesians 1:15-16)
I’ll confess it; prayer is difficult. After hearing the carefully crafted prayers of professional religionists, I used to despair, thinking “I’ll never be able to talk like that.” Then, I became one of those professional religionists, and that didn’t make it better. I felt like people expected neo-Shakespearian prose from me when I prayed. I … Continue reading These 4 Books Helped Me Discover New Depths Of Prayer