I’m a classical music lover (and player), and I love the characteristics that mark each musical era: Baroque’s complex, mathematical rhythms… Classical’s melodic chordal progressions… Romanticism’s airy similarities… Expressionism’s harsh atonality…. and Minimalism’s abrupt vacancies. And I’ve often thought over the years how these classical music genres often mirror our own lives in its various phases and stages. Sometimes … More Smooth Like Jazz
When I was a little girl, I remember playing with my grandma’s rotary dial phone. I loved the spin of the dial as each number was selected. I loved the ‘click-click-click’ of the rotary as it resounded through the receiver. I loved tangling my fingers in the cord, and seeing how far it would … More When Prayer is Like My Grandma’s Rotary Phone.
Yesterday morning, I heard a farewell message from a lovely missionary family as they prepare to return to Zambia for a Bible translation project. During the message, they spoke of the many questions they are asked upon returning to the field: How long is the flight? Where do you live? Do you have electricity? These are … More Is it Safe?
Coffee. A good book. A warm blanket. I love rainy Saturdays. There’s something nourishing about being still, being quiet. Hearing only the rain on the roof and the thoughts in your head. A steaming cup of coffee in one hand. A good book – or journal – in the other. It’s settling. It’s healing. It’s … More The Lost Art of Being
As an American, I greatly enjoyed staying up till midnight last night watching our swimming and women’s gymnastics teams win gold medal after gold medal. It was exciting. It was inspiring. It was patriotic. It was convicting. I’m no athlete. I’ve never played a competitive sport in my life. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t win … More Going for Gold
We’ve all heard the catchphrases: Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship. We wear t-shirts with the moniker, “Not religion. Relationship!” We sing songs glorifying the relational aspect of Christianity. We preach sermons on the relationship aspects of God. We emphasize social ministry, imitating God’s own relationship with humanity. And, as in most good-things-gone-bad, there … More Viewing Christianity as a Relationship is Dangerous. Here’s Why.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” – William Blake, Auguries of Innocence Wonder. The hallmark of childhood. The antagonist of reason. The antidote to cynicism. The root of all worship. The missing element in … More Do You Ever Wonder?
(No political statement meant by the title to this post!) Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet born c. 650 BC. He was a young man when he was called to prophetic ministry (Jer. 1:5) and proclaimed God’s wrath against the unrepentant people of Judah until the nation was captured by the Babylonians and the temple in … More The Wall that God Built
We live in a culture that radically exalts comfort. We have automatic starters and heated seats in our cars for those cold, snowy mornings. We have central A/C for those steamy, hot August afternoons. We have fast food restaurants on every corner that cater to every taste. We have on-demand TV shows and movies at … More Why God Doesn’t Always Deliver Us