My Election Results Hangover

A lot of Christians voted yesterday, and I was one of them. But I’m not that excited about it. Today the election results meant that the talking heads are talking their heads off, and many Christians are taking sides. My inbox is full of warnings of what will...

The Worst Excuse to Avoid #Community

I Want to Be Alone! It was the last thing I wanted to do—be around a group of people. I was bone-tired and emotionally spent. A desperate phone call the night before had left Judy and me sleepless. Two of our very best friends had been killed in a car accident in...

The Upside of Suffering for the Child of God

Anxieties of the Night Eighteen years ago I almost died from a disease that cause my organs to fail and my skin to fall off. Here’s what I wrote in my journal on the first night life began to normalize: “Last night was the first night off meds–pain...

This Grace, This Place

God’s special and personal guidance is rarely obvious looking ahead. For those who trust Him, it’s encouraging when we look back. I had my first visit to Cannon Beach, Oregon 28 years ago this fall. Since then, I’ve taught seven different courses at...

Thanksgiving For Tangible Expressions of Grace

What a privilege to live in a country that sets aside the last Thursday in November to give thanks to God. Before you get all, “Hey, this country is falling apart and most people don’t even know the God we’re supposed to give thanks to” on me, consider this: • In...

If Grace Is Free, Then What About These Jerks?

One of the most discouraging dynamics in evangelical church culture is the prevalent mistrust of grace. As soon I talk or write about the free gift of eternal life given to all who believe in Jesus someone is going to bring up three or four passages–Hebrews 6,...