Returning to the Woodshed

Woodshed

To “go the woodshed” is a slang term which has cemented itself into our modern dialogue specifically among jazz and rock musicians. In the “woodshed” they practice, practice, and practice either a specific piece or a particular style until they have perfected their ability to play.  No matter how good or experienced a musician may […]

The Need for a Spiritual Plan

PlanWould you buy a house that was being built without any plans? This might seem like a strange question and while we would never buy a house under those condition, we do treat other parts of our lives in this very same manner. This became evident to me when I entered a project where everyone [...]

Why It Had To Be The Cross

Cross

What would it have been like to be at the foot of the cross when Jesus breathed his last? We get a brief glimpse of this view from a centurion who witnessed Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross first hand. Matthew 27:45-54 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. […]

Seeking the Majestic in the Everyday

Majestic

About once a week I have to make a thirty minute trek to another town for physical therapy. The drive is beautiful with winding road following a valley with a river flowing to the side of the road. During the winter season the snow causes the landscape to change on a daily basis as it […]

Shouting Our Faith in a Noisy World

Shout

If you have ever been to a professional or collegiate sporting event with spirited play, you have probably witnessed how deafening the noise can become. When the home team makes a great play the entire crowd will erupt in a chorus of cheers and shouts. The shouting can become so loud it will drown out […]

The Undeniable Privilege of Being Offended

Privilege OffendedWe used to sing "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Evidently this is not the case any longer. As I peruse the collegiate landscape, and society in general, I gaze with disappointment with what is transpiring across our campuses. A generation which is highly offended and thin skinned [...]

The Need for Plans and a Spiritual Structure

Plan

Would you buy a house that was being built without any plans? This might seem like a strange question and while we would never buy a house under those condition, we do treat other parts of our lives in this very same manner. This became evident to me when I entered a project where everyone was […]

A Strong and Mighty Warrior

Mighty

We are saturated with mighty superheroes these days. There appears to be a movie out every week showing a superhero or a group of superhero’s fighting together, or against each other, usually to save the world. I will admit I love to watch them and judging by box-office receipts so do many other individuals. I […]

3 Reasons to Go Back to the Well

Well

Author Philip Yancey recalls the story of a former pastor getting burned out in the ministry. Yancey related how this pastor felt like an old hand pump you would find in a campground to disperse water. He said “Everyone who came to him would pump vigorously a few times, and each time he felt something […]

Understanding the Power of Hard Work in our Lives

Work

A few months ago my sons and I spent several afternoons chopping wood. Now this is not how I would usually care to spend my afternoon, but after a couple of cords of wood were delivered to the house uncut, we did not have much of an option. I took my sons to the hardware […]