• Consume Good Reads

    The landscape of reading has changed dramatically within the last hundred years. Before electronic media, the regular reading of books, periodicals, and lengthy hand-written letters was the norm. Not so much today. People are reading, but it is quick sound-bites through texting, email, or social media. I’m thankful for the proliferation of good reading material on the Internet (I’m glad you’re reading this blog post today), but if we’re only consuming short snacks, we’re missing out on the benefit that comes through long works that lead us to contemplative reflection. Audio books have taken off in popularity because people just don’t have time to sit and slowly absorb the printed page. I’m…

  • Breathe in Grace and Exhale Worship

    We can’t sit down and have a face-to-face discussion with Jesus like His first-century followers did, but I love how Scripture helps us know Him better by giving a peek into His heart—like in John 4. When I watch as the woman at the well has her face-to-face with Christ, I feel as though I’m right there with her, standing on tip-toe, ready to learn about any mysteries of kingdom living He might share. And I’m not disappointed. Typically, Jews avoided entering Samaria when they traveled from Judea to Galilee, but Jesus headed straight there. He had an appointment—not with a government dignitary or a religious official, but with a woman in need. We don’t…

  • Ask a Lot and Listen Well

    As a teen, I had a million questions as I started getting serious about digging into God’s Word. I didn’t have a lot of helpful resources back then, and I asked anyone who I thought could help me find the answers. I remember asking one pastor privately (repeatedly), if he could please explain what the Bible was talking about when it mentions the “gift of speaking in tongues.” The pastor promised me he’d get back to me on that one. (I’m still waiting to hear back from him.) Thankfully, today I have lots of resources, good commentaries, and various study Bibles with notes from solid theologians (I also have a neat living…