Who Do You Say That I Am?

Who Do You Say That I Am?

It wasn’t long after becoming a Christian that I started losing things. My job. My fairy-tale home in the mountains. My horses. A marriage. My health. The losses just kept coming. At a certain point, I got mad. What the heck, God? I thought you were going to make everything better, instead you’re taking my life apart, making a heaps of ashes out of every one of my ideals...

Adoption: Becoming Sons and Daughters

Adoption: Becoming Sons and Daughters

In the summer of 1990, my husband and I traveled to Romania, and with the help of a Romanian Believer, returned home with our new son, Samuel.  Abandoned at birth, he had lived in an orphanage in Iasi, in Northeastern Romania.  There were about one hundred children in the orphanage, and, sadly, there were only three women to care for all of them...

God is Good?

God is Good?

“God is good. ” “Everything happens for a reason.” These are things we often hear and say ourselves when tragedy is averted, when a venture appeared to fail, but is pulled from the flames at the last moment to become a success--when darkness threatened but did not consume us. But what about when the church youth group bus does go over a cliff with no survivors? What do we say when the innocent suffer in place of the guilty? When we find, in place of our dreams, a pile of ashes that cannot be reformed? Do we say God is good, or do we say nothing at all? 

Focus

Focus

For those who have received and believe the words of the Gospel, one of the greatest sources of regular self-disappointment is the frustration of losing perspective. Alas: we hear the words, we feel the spirit, we commit our minds and hearts to following His will - and then, some time later, we come to our senses and realize we have been drifting about in reaction to our worldly cares, our bodily desires, and the actions of our neighbors. Again.

Encountering Edges

Encountering Edges

Eventually we will come to the edge of everything we perceive. Relationships, health, finances, even life itself, all have edges. Edges are where thunderstorms form--turbulent places where change forces its way into being. At an edge, one state of being ends and another takes its place. It's a romance with fear, a position for great loss or great gain...

Riffing on Salvation: MacDonald, Wesley, and Athanasius

Riffing on Salvation: MacDonald, Wesley, and Athanasius

In his sermon The Way, MacDonald states that “if by salvation [Christians] mean something less than absolute oneness with God, I count it no salvation…” In Justice, he went on to explain that “[t]he salvation of Christ is salvation from the smallest tendency or leaning to sin. It is a deliverance into the pure air of God’s ways of thinking and feeling. It is a salvation that makes the heart pure, with the will and choice of the heart to be pure.”  

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper

During a recent missionary trip to Havana, Cuba, I was robbed of several hundred dollars, the money taken from my luggage while I was asleep or else out about; it was monies I had taken to give away, to use in helping my brothers and sisters.  When I discovered the theft a prayer immediately arose within me, that God would bless the thief and his use of the money, that somehow it would be a help to him, fall out to his salvation, would be the tool God would use to gather a thief-child unto Himself and make that poor child into a true son...

On the Mystery of Free Will

On the Mystery of Free Will

The concept that man has free will is one of the most challenging mysteries of God to explain to both believers and non-believers.  For the believer, this challenge is understanding and accepting that conforming our will to His will for us is not an encumbrance to be borne, it is a freedom to be cherished.