God Gets His Hands Dirty

One rainy day during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers attempting to raise a wooden beam to a high position. The corporal in charge was shouting encouragement, but the soldiers couldn’t get the beam in position. After...

Seeing God 

Seeing God – that is an urgent and strong wish of many people. “If only God would come to me and let me see him, touch him so that I could know for sure he existed. Then I could believe,” they sigh. There is something in all of us which identifies with such...

A Christian New Year Manifesto

Are you ready to make a public declaration of what is going to govern your life in 2022? That’s an intimidating question. But an important one. With all the uncertainty of the past few years we’ve settled into a “take each day as it comes” way of looking at life....

Give Peace a Chance

Most people throughout the world would love to give peace a chance. The complicating question is: ”Peace at what cost?” Every war in history could have been avoided, but each situation would have required that one nation or the other, or both, would have had to give...

The Cloud of Sadness

     The following quote appeared in The New York Times this past week:       “The United States surgeon general on Tuesday warned that young people are facing ‘devastating’ mental health effects as a result of the...

Counterintuitive

Usually when we come across the word “counterintuitive” it has the sense of a person doing something that not only doesn’t make sense, but has very negative consequences on their life. We would very much rather be intuitive people, doing those things which make sense...

The Best News Ever!

With the gut-wrenching news of the new Omicron variant, we need some good news! And good news it is. In fact, some would say it is the best news ever: Jesus is coming back! Don’t roll your eyes, it is the best news. Think about it, if Jesus doesn’t come back, what do...

Square Peg in a Round Hole

With a knife, hammer and some time, it would be possible to force the square peg into the round hole pictured above, but it certainly wouldn’t come close to being like the round pegs in the round holes surrounding it. But that’s the way life is sometimes. We’re...

The Lynchpin

The dictionary defines the word lynchpin as “the person or thing that serves as the essential element in a complicated or delicate structure – the one thing that holds everything together”. You’ve probably had “lynchpin” experiences in your life. It might have been a...