Sometimes, holidays can be really difficult. For some, the holidays are a painful reminder of loss.
- Daily Devotional, March 11, 20113/10/2011 - I love food fresh from the garden, particularly tomatoes. A couple years in a row, I had idyllic visions of growing our own crop and having a limitless supply of red, juicy deliciousness. The first season, a vicious fungus ravaged every last plant.
- Daily Devotional, March 10, 20113/9/2011 - Four-months pregnant with our second child, I was surprised one day when a co-worker unexpectedly shared that she had experienced a miscarriage years prior at the 4-month mark. Pregnancy is a walk of faith in itself, but her words sent what ifs racing through my mind faster than my surging hormones.
- Daily Devotional, March 09, 20113/8/2011 - Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the first day of the Lent season, observed several weeks before Good Friday. Those who attend Ash Wednesday services typically apply ashes (or will have ashes applied) to their foreheads. The priest or pastor marks the forehead of each worshiper, often saying, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
- Daily Devotional, March 08, 20113/7/2011 - Science’s discovery of nature’s laws makes an intervening God less believable. We surmise that lost limbs don’t grow back, and dead men don’t return to life. Or do they?
- Daily Devotional, March 07, 20113/4/2011 - I recently read an article about a site where Web chatters are exposed to random strangers from around the world. As the article states, “One minute you’re chatting via Webcam with a mom of two [in the US] and the next you’re staring at a stark-naked man in Bangkok.” One psychiatrist calls the site “a predator’s paradise.” Definitely not a destination for the discerning!
- Daily Devotional, March 04, 20113/4/2011 - Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. He meant that white Christians and black Christians often worship in separate churches. Recently I’ve noticed a new kind of Sunday morning segregation.
- Daily Devotional, March 03, 20113/3/2011 - At dusk, I left the house with a fistful of wildflower seeds. I crossed the street and tossed them into the open field adjacent to our home. I waited all summer for the flowers to bloom, but all that grew was a monster thistle bush, milkweed, and some prairie grass.
- Daily Devotional, March 02, 20113/2/2011 - In the popular TV series LOST, a character named Sayid Jarrah was an airplane crash survivor and castaway on a mysterious tropical island. As a former military interrogator, he was haunted by those he tortured and spent much of his adult life trying to atone for his past mistakes.
- Daily Devotional, March 01, 20113/1/2011 - Recently, my wife, Miska, and I toured London. As we walked through Westminster Abbey (founded in AD 960), we viewed the many tombs of monarchs who reigned centuries ago. We also took in Buckingham Palace, the main home of the British royal family. Touring the royal and governmental sites, the word sovereign repeatedly appeared. The queen’s subjects refer to her as their Sovereign. When she goes to parliament, she uses the Sovereign’s entrance.
- Daily Devotional, February 28, 20112/27/2011 - Potholes can be a pain. If a car tire hits a deep one, we’re talking some serious damage. That’s why the idea of Italian engineering students Domenico Diego and Cristina Corradini is so bright—literally! The duo, noting that many potholes in Europe aren’t repaired due to lack of funding, have come up with something called the Street Safe initiative. Their creative plan calls for potholes to be painted bright yellow, an inexpensive way to help drivers avoid big pits in the pavement.
- Daily Devotional, February 25, 20112/24/2011 - In his book Faith at the Edge, philosopher Robert Wennberg describes attending a small church with his students as they traveled through Europe. The students were not greeted warmly by the church members, did not know enough of the language to follow the songs or the sermon, and generally considered their Sunday morning to be a complete waste of time. Wennberg assured them that it wasn’t, for the effort they made to worship with fellow believers was an act of respect toward God.
- Daily Devotional, February 24, 20112/23/2011 - We just witnessed a stunning, daring bit of TV storytelling that set the show on a new, series-ending path—one that will track the characters through parallel, alternate universes,” wrote USA Today’s Robert Bianco following the 2-hour premiere of the last season of Lost.
- Daily Devotional- Featuring Addison Road, February 23, 20112/22/2011 - It all started on a Boy Scout camp out. I remember it clearly, I was nine years old and we were up late at night all sitting around the camp fire. The night had been fun so far but as we sat around people started telling dirty jokes and gross stories. Something seemed wrong to be in such a beautiful place and to be talking about those ugly things. So I quietly got up and went and found a spot by myself. We were in the middle of nowhere and it was late at night so I could see the stars shine
- Daily Devotional, February 22, 20112/21/2011 - As you probably know, not all mushrooms are safe to eat. In fact, only 3,000 of the 14,000 known mushroom species are edible. Poisonous mushrooms are also known as toadstools (thought to have originated from the German word todes which means death). That’s why I rely on the experts, for I can’t tell a good mushroom from a bad toadstool. Due to a famine, Elisha once sent his servant to look for some food to eat (not necessarily mushrooms!).
- Daily Devotional, February 21, 20112/21/2011 - Intelligent design. It’s hard to go a day without encountering that phrase, and here’s why. The more scientists study matter like molecular DNA—the building block of life—the more it points to a Creator. As Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, writes, “The best, most causally adequate explanation for the origin of the specified, digitally encoded information in DNA is that it . . . had an intelligent source.” Intelligent design = divine design.
- Daily Devotional, February 18, 20112/17/2011 - Yesterday, I met Stephen and Roxanne at a hotel. They needed help as they entered one of the most difficult days any parent could envision. Matt, a graduate student at the University of Virginia and member of our church community, died in a freakish bike collision. This should never happen. A father should never bury a son. A mother should never have to dig through her dead boy’s lonely apartment. There is so much to celebrate in Matt’s good life (his deep heart,
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