The Story of Jesus

The Story of Jesus

From the book Pause With Jesus: Encountering His Story in Everyday Life  I am glancing back in time. Into the story. What should we call it? The story of redemption, of transformation, of healing, of hope—according to the beliefs of many about the narrative, those...
A Conversation with Bob Bennett

A Conversation with Bob Bennett

(Bob Bennett has been one of my favorite singers and songwriters for many years. Please read this interview and also listen to his music. Many of his songs would be great for Christmas and as we begin a New Year.) Chris: Thanks for joining us, Bob. And thanks for your...
inside matters

inside matters

From the book a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder. the paper protected the present.it also presented the giftas something it wasn’t.colors, images.a cover, a mask. though lovely and friendly,the imagery lies about reality.paper, protecting and promotinga...
a different december

a different december

this year and last year,two collections of storiesplaced together on pagesin my mind of memories,have seemed to includemore conflict and questionsthan should be allowedin the minglingof twenty-four months. deaths and disappointments came,as they do.promises were not...
Five Thoughts for Thanksgiving

Five Thoughts for Thanksgiving

No, 2020 has not gone the way we hoped or expected. No, 2020 has not been my favorite year. Think about the times we tried to understand all that has been happening. Covid. Grief. Change. Masks. Anger. Stress. I remember finding my father’s body after he had breathed...
Giving Thanks to People in My Life

Giving Thanks to People in My Life

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Please pick up a copy of the book where today’s blog is from. Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything  I think of the one in twenty-six people in the United States who have epilepsy at some...
Have You Been Interrupted?

Have You Been Interrupted?

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Please pick up a copy of the book where today’s blog is from. Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything I despise being interrupted. When speaking my portion of a conversation, an interruption,...
Ancient Words Needed Today

Ancient Words Needed Today

A friend asked me, “Why doesn’t Jesus talk to us today?”  I responded with a question of my own, “What makes you think He doesn’t?” A long conversation followed. I appreciated his honesty and uncertainty. We discussed various ways—some healthy and some...