The Right Perspective

The Right Perspective

Dallas Willard, a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California until his death in 2013, wrote a book titled The Divine Conspiracy. In it he reports that “a pilot was practicing high speed maneuvers in a jet fighter. She turned the controls for what...
40 Feet in the Air Upside Down

40 Feet in the Air Upside Down

Three ministers were having a discussion about prayer and got onto the topic of the most appropriate and effective position for praying. As they were talking, an electrician was hard at work in another corner of the room. One minister stated that he felt the key to...
Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six-year olds. After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a...
You Are His Body

You Are His Body

Before World War II, in a small French country village, there was a beautiful marble statue of Jesus with his hands outstretched before him, standing in the courtyard of a quaint little church. During the War, a bomb struck nearby and broke the statue to pieces. When...
Rethinking Success

Rethinking Success

Many years ago now, my friend sent me an email titled, “God won’t ask…” It read: God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but he’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation. God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but he’ll ask how...
Knowing the Shepherd

Knowing the Shepherd

I love Psalm 23. I find myself surrounded by lots of friends when I say that because so many of us love this psalm which begins with those amazing words: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Because of its importance in my life, I was glad to learn of a true...
Praying As We Were Taught

Praying As We Were Taught

My nephew has been trying to learn the Lord’s Prayer. The family says it together each night before dinner. He is almost there. He prays: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. My kingdom come, my will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” I understand...
A Gift and a Summons

A Gift and a Summons

In the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah himself writes, “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” God’s word to Jeremiah is a gift, but not only a gift. It is also a calling! In his...
Encountering the Presence of God

Encountering the Presence of God

One Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege to ride with a Middle School youth group as they drove around visiting elderly members of our church who can no longer attend. They brought ‘goodie’ baskets filled with homemade brownies, cookies, and a handmade card. Nine...
Shine on Through

Shine on Through

There is a story about a little girl who was on her way home from worship one Sunday morning. She turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, something the pastor said this morning confused me.” “Really,” replied mom, “what confused you? The girl answered, “Well, the...