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Dropping off God’s Word

Dropping off God’s Word

I just returned from dropping off our younger child for her freshman year of college. The day went by quickly with unloading boxes, setting up her dorm room, and participating in new student orientation activities. Having been through the drill before with her older...
How Wesley’s class meetings really started

How Wesley’s class meetings really started

I had a fascinating conversation with Patrick Eby, Wesley Seminary’s church history professor, on the way a lot of AME churches do class meetings and the way class meetings started with John Wesley himself. If I understand correctly, AME churches (African...
I’d Like to Thank the Academy

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

Daily Reading: Philippians 2:12–16 You shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life. (Phil. 2:15–16) Oscars, Emmys, Grammys—our culture seems to have a fascination with awards programs. We tune in faithfully to watch movie stars, directors,...
We’ll See

We’ll See

Daily Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18–22 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20) It had been a long day, and I was, admittedly, a bit distracted. Sitting at the kitchen table with my nose buried in the newspaper, I’d barely...
Level Ground

Level Ground

Daily Reading: Psalm 143:7–10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Ps. 143:10) A friend recently completed a cross-country bicycle ride of some seventeen hundred miles in thirty days to raise awareness for a...
If That Isn’t God

If That Isn’t God

Daily Reading: Matthew 12:16–50 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matt. 12:28) Doubt is a common phenomenon, even among Christians. It is no wonder, then, that many who encountered Jesus during His lifetime...
Measure Twice

Measure Twice

Romans 12:1–8 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12:2) Last summer I decided to make some lawn...
Our Perfect Guide

Our Perfect Guide

Daily reading: Psalm 25:1–10 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Ps. 25:9) Sherpas are perfect guides when navigating the Himalayas, especially Mt. Everest. An ethnic group from the mountains of Nepal, the Sherpa are renowned for their...
Equipped for Holiness

Equipped for Holiness

Daily Reading: Hebrews 13:1–21 May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him. (Heb. 13:20–21) Backpacking requires proper equipment. I know; I tried doing it with unsuitable equipment. All I...
Avoiding the Heavyweights

Avoiding the Heavyweights

Daily Reading: Luke 21:29–36 Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life. (Luke 21:34) Brown Bomber was a nickname synonymous with one of history’s famous heavyweights—a name given to boxers weighing more...
Waiting in Holiness

Waiting in Holiness

Daily Reading :2 Peter 3:8–18 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Pet. 3:14) Fear of disappointing his godly mother kept Tim from succumbing to normal teenage...
Stand Firm

Stand Firm

Daily Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:6–13 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. (1 Thess. 3:8) His posture gave him a nickname still recorded in history books. Thomas Jackson is one of the most well-known Confederate generals of the American...
Better World . . . Better Body

Better World . . . Better Body

Daily Reading: Romans 8:18–25 We ourselves . . . groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Rom. 8:23) At twelve he quit school to plow fields with a mule. He had no choice. His father died of cancer and his mom and...
Unimaginable Possibilities

Unimaginable Possibilities

Daily Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6–10 No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Cor. 2:9) Ron was a freckle-faced nine-year-old who loved lying on his grandmother’s lap, letting her count his spots. He’d...
Painting the Waves for the World

Painting the Waves for the World

Daily Reading: Psalm 105:1–5 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. (Ps. 105:2) Storm-driven waves rolled in off the Atlantic to crash against the rocks below Winslow Homer’s studio. The wind and rain kept most people indoors on such a day,...
Please Let Me Help You

Please Let Me Help You

Daily Reading: Hebrews 13:15–16; Acts 2: 42–47 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Heb. 13:16) Our two dogs like to lie around my chair while I work. They want to be close in case food drops or I decide it’s...
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Piper Learns to Love

Daily Reading: Ephesians 5:18–21 Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything. (Eph. 5:19–20) The rescue group didn’t know much about the little black and white Corgi, but we knew we wanted to give her a home. We...
Is That Cough Contagious?

Is That Cough Contagious?

Daily Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16–18) “You won’t thank me when you see where you’re sitting,” called the ticket lady, as I walked...
Making Art Can Be Scary

Making Art Can Be Scary

Daily Reading: Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil. 4:6) As I walked around the room, I saw my art students, peering intently between their drawings and...
Summer’s First Corn

Summer’s First Corn

Daily Reading: Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. (Prov. 3:9) On my grandparents’ farm, I learned to love the first corn of the summer. My grandfather kept a close eye on his rows of corn because he knew how good...
Safe Stepping Stones

Safe Stepping Stones

Daily Reading: Exodus 15:20–21 Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. (Ex. 15:21) “Follow me across these stones,” called our guide as she set out over the pond in the Japanese garden. It was spring, and my...
Bow Down to the King

Bow Down to the King

Daily Reading: Psalm 24:7–10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. (Ps. 24:8) Bow Down to the King I’ve never met a king, but I do remember as a little girl standing on tiptoe in a crowd of people waiting for the limo with...
Reverence and Awe

Reverence and Awe

Daily reading: Hebrews 12:14–29 Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Heb.12:28–29) The children of Israel had seen God work mighty miracles on their behalf. From frogs and locusts to parting the...