Sunday Perspective

Having a contentment issue? Think about Psalm 16:5-6: LORD, you have assigned to me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. To me, that means if God doesn't want something for me, then I don't…

Conversation Starters

On a back road in Southern Illinois, heading home for a Memorial Day visit, I saw these words on a church sign in Thompsonville, Illinois: Jesus is God's selfie. I love clever church signs as much as the next guy. And I understand the desire to engage the culture "where it's at." As long as…

Perspective, Promise and Presence

There are just two things I want to know when I start hiking a trail. Where does it go? And how hard will it be? For me, the trail is a metaphor for life. For the passage of time. For choices made and not made. I'm also fascinated by the fact that inverting just two…

Close Calls

Ordinarily, we want our children to obey authority, right? Well, there was one time when it almost didn't work out so well.... During a family trip to Washington DC one Spring Break many moons ago, we came to a stop on the Metro near the Smithsonian Museums, and our entire 8-person group started the processional of…

Together, With a Capital “T”

While we're on the theme of grandparents..... What does a seven-year-old like better then a ride around town with Grandpa in his pickup truck on a Saturday afternoon? Not much, especially when that drive includes a stop at Dairy Queen for ice cream or McDonald's for some fries. So it was for me on a…

People-Watching

Don't lie, you love to do this too. Sitting in a coffee shop on a Saturday morning writing this blog post, I'm taking in everything that's going on around me.  Couples are enjoying each other's company.  Young families are grabbing some breakfast before their youth sports game of choice (baseball and soccer seem to be…

Lessons From a Broken Gas Gauge

In the early 1980s, summers in Kansas City were wonderful. More fountains than Paris, beautiful flowers and foliage, and at the time, pretty good baseball too (we had this guy on the Royals named George Brett -- you might want to look him up). One of the oldest and largest parks in Kansas City, Swope…

In our Bible study a couple of weeks before Easter, we started looking at the first chapter of Genesis. While this was not the focus of the study, my mind started to consider how the story of the Creation itself -- the first six days outlined in Genesis 1 -- relates to the redemption of man through Jesus…

Go to the Land I Will Show You

Forty-five minutes in the car to work each way, every day. Forty-five minutes.  For those of you in America's largest cities, that may be a common commute, but in Kansas, that was a long time.  And with four kids under the age of 8, it had to stop. So, my wife and I decided to move away…