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. 

Rescuing the Drowning

Rescuing the Drowning

In my late teens, I was a drowning person. Drowning in fear, self-doubt, depression, suicidal thoughts, and deep emotional pain, I was untrustworthy and unstable. Drowning victims are dangerous. I used drugs, alcohol, sex--anything or anyone who might make me feel, even for a short time, sheltered from the hell inside I could not face.

The Shadow Inside

The Shadow Inside

 If we want to forgive truly, and find it difficult, the answer is not found by examining the person who has wronged us, wondering how he could have done such a thing, comparing his sins with the rest of ‘normal’ humanity and trying to find him not so bad by comparison. The key to full, free, and permanent forgiveness actually lies within the self, and is found when we become willing to uncover self-deception. 

Of Milk and Meat

Of Milk and Meat

I believe we far too frequently mistake milk for meat, and get overly satisfied with the belief that we understand various principles as well as they can be understood, or at least as well as we need to.  As George MacDonald put it:  "Nothing is so ruinous to progress in which effort is needful, as satisfaction with apparent achievement; that ever sounds a halt..."

The Hound of Heaven

The Hound of Heaven

Bonhoeffer once said that no one can understand “In the beginning” because no one was there in the beginning to see or understand it.  In somewhat like manner, I cannot understand truly the words of MacDonald, taken from the reading for January 11th, which say that “God has been working for ages of ages” for His vision of Truth...