Dreams, Nightmares: Peace & Terror

Dreams are intriguing events. There is a lot of speculation about how and why we dream, have nightmares, experience night terrors, and feel the strong emotions we do, when we dream. Some people, like my wife, dream often – almost nightly. Others, like myself, rarely recall any dreams at all. And perhaps that is why … Continue reading

This New Life Means a Whole New World

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was … Continue reading

Bent Beneath Their Loads

It was almost a daily sight: young men bent beneath large bundles of trash and material to be recycled into some usable product. In Phnom Penh there would be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of men, women & children who were tasked with pulling carts up and down streets looking for recyclable material. Sometimes, children, too young … Continue reading

I’ve Given Up Trying to be Strong

One of the authors that I hold in highest regard is J.I. Packer. In fact I would consider him to be one of the more important theologians, and critical thinkers, of my lifetime. I was able to download his book Weakness is the Way from Audible.com upon our return from Southeast Asia. I, honestly, had … Continue reading

Hearing God’s Voice When Others Don’t

Yesterday I blogged about my desire to sharpen my ability to actually hear the voice of God. I want to be intentionally, actively keeping my ear tuned to his direction. Today I was reading in my Lent devotional written by N.T.Wright, (and please know that his wisdom sparked these thoughts in my mind – anything … Continue reading

Pizza Hut and the Voice of God

Setting the Scene: I have been praying since before leaving Cambodia that I would become more sensitive to the voice of God. I want to hear him, know his voice, have it be as familiar and recognizable as my own family’s voices. This past week both our older sons were home from Indiana University for their Spring … Continue reading

Show Mercy, Not Sacrifices

A couple of days ago I was reading in Matthew 9 in one of my Lent devotionals. Matthew 9 that day just seemed jammed packed of lessons that leaped off the page at me. But it was this section I thought that I might blog about: (Matthew 9:9-13) NLT 9 As Jesus was walking along, he … Continue reading

God Might Kill Me, But I Have No Other HOPE…

The passage is found in the Old Testament in the book of Job. The New Living Translation says, in chapter 13 verse 15, “…God might kill me, but I have no other hope…“ It is the most difficult thing to try and communicate upon our return from Southeast Asia: the deep hurt that occurred there. … Continue reading