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It Is What It Is

“It is what it is.” I have said this many times in my adult life when talking with friends and family. These words seemed to me to be most appropriate in situations and circumstances that appeared intractable or to which I could not see…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 2

God cares about his creation and will in the end restore it after human beings have done the extent of damage we are capable of doing. This seems to be the risk inherent in creating adam and commissioning them to live and work on this world.…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 1

I have many good memories of water from family vacations. My father planned most of our family trips around stops at hot springs, rivers and naturally occurring pools. I have waded into water lots of times—hot, cold, warm. I remember being…
Folly of Sin

Not Safeguarding Against the Stranger

Fear is a powerful emotion and the roots that fear (and anxiety) make into the human heart go deep. How much of our behavior is actually driven by our fear of other people? How much of our activity—including our practice of “spirituality”—is…

Object Permanence

Are you smarter than an 8 month-old? I’m sure you are. I’m sure I am, in some ways at least. But if you’re familiar with the literary setup, you know I’m about to reveal one very important way in which we may, in fact, be way behind…

Face Off

Let me tell you about the time my family and I went camping. The rest of the family went across the river to set up camp, and I found myself alone through the night. Suddenly I found myself wrestling with a stranger. All night we struggled.…

Missing God (Part II)

The Importance of Romance My wife posed a question to me this week that exploded my thinking about missing God. In Part I of this post, you may recall that we talked about the end of innocence, and allowing God to meet us in the challenges…

Missing God (Part I)

Mourning the End of Innocence It was a normal Tuesday morning at work. As I went about a rather monotonous project, a deep feeling of nostalgia came over me. Without any conscious or tangible instigation, it suddenly occurred to me: I miss…
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The Necessity of Revelation

We need to have revelation from God. For Christians this may appear to be so obvious that it is hardly worth considering. But this is not how many people think today. Indeed, it is commonly held that belief in the very concept of revelation…