• #209
    Mar 16, 2014

    Bungy Jumping into Community

    Bloukrans Bungy
    Support for When We Are Stretched

    The challenge, especially for those of us who consider ourselves self-sufficient, is to reach out to our friends. The reward for this vulnerability is more than refreshment. It brings a renewed sense of purpose, a sense of belonging, an appreciation of the Sovereign.

  • #203
    Feb 5, 2014

    The Invisible God I Saw on Vacation

    Arenal Waterfalls
    The Symmetry of Symbiosis

    My wife and I were on a romantic getaway in a jungle hotel. We toured the Arenal rain forest with a public-university-trained nature guide explaining the eccentricities of the flora and fauna that we saw as we meandered. What struck me more than anything were all the symbiotic relationships—both plants with creatures and creatures with other creatures. In their current state, neither could survive in their current form without the other in its current form.

  • #201
    Jan 26, 2014

    Bungy Jumping with Walter Mitty

    My Bloukrans Bungy Jump Leap
    Enjoying the Snow Leopards of Life

    So, while I didn’t really need to learn Walter’s primary lesson, it was the “two” of the movie’s “one-two” educational punch that hit me so hard that I got emotional in the theater.

  • #197
    Jul 26, 2013

    Hillary Clinton & The Swimsuit Competition

    We Can't All Be Beautiful

    The leftist podcasters’ conclusion surprisingly sounded the same as some of the memes I’m seeing from women of the religious right. “All women are beautiful. Love your body, no matter what it looks like.”

    It’s repeated often, even though it can’t be true—just as it can’t be true that all men are handsome.

  • #193
    Sep 30, 2012

    Love on a Paper Plate

    Pepperoni Roll
    Reflections on a Breakfast Delivery

    It was an emotional moment for me, yet I didn’t know how to feel. I was moved by the gesture, but I felt awkward for being the sole recipient. Love, respect, and appreciation wafted with the smell of bread, protein, and dairy; but I didn’t feel like what I love to do needed to be rewarded. In a welcome moment on the horizontal level, I felt something vertical in motion.

  • #175
    Nov 5, 2011

    Finding Not-so-random Words on My Screen

    Image used with permission through purchase from iStockPhoto
    Writing a Eulogy for a Friend

    So, for the last three days, I’ve been talking to God about it, asking for something worthy of John, worthy of his mom, worthy of answered prayer. Today, I interviewed John for an hour about his mom—a woman I’ve never met.

  • #169
    Aug 6, 2011

    Driving While Anonymous

    Toyota Carrolla
    Lessons From a Car Rental

    But this week brought a different sentiment to the uninspiring rental car experience. This week, I wasn’t renting a car from a distant airport. This week, I was driving four wheels’ worth of milquetoast on roads I drive everyday.

  • #163
    May 16, 2011

    What Would Jesus Vandalize?

    Vigilante Spray Paint

    Hey, I struggle, too—not to judge, not to disparage, not to avoid. I’ve got a long way to go—at least as much as the facelift haters, probably much more. But I know my path toward Christ-likeness doesn’t take me up a ladder with a can of spray paint.

  • #157
    Mar 13, 2011

    Jeans for Jesus

    First Service Team
    Following a Prompting

    At some point last autumn, I realized that my shorts were getting in the way. My dysfunctional, insecure psyche was liking the attention my shorts got me. Jacked—I know. When passing greetings revolved around my shorts, they couldn’t be about our guests or about Jesus.

  • #149
    Dec 3, 2010

    Fine Print Evangelism

    Business Card Proselytizing

    Jesus left heaven to come to where we are. He didn’t rain post-dated business cards on us. He didn’t ask us to weed through insider jargon to understand he wants us more than he wants justice for our sin. The choice he offers is essentially an ultimatum, but he wants *so much* for us to reciprocate his movement toward us.

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