Breathing Grace Through Inevitable Conflict

Breathing Grace Through Inevitable Conflict

Alongside death and taxes, conflict is an inevitable experience for every human being. As a son, little brother, husband, father, grandfather, son-in-law, father-in-law, friend, customer, pastor, employee, co-worker, taxpayer, pastor, neighbor, citizen, church member,...
Women Delighting in the Word

Women Delighting in the Word

I grew up with dinnertime conversations about theology. My Dad was a pastor and many evenings as we sat around the table he would talk about his sermon studies, asking us questions and sharing what he was learning. I am one of five children, so I’m sure dinnertime was...
Wisdom for Parents of Teenagers

Wisdom for Parents of Teenagers

Through almost two decades of spending time around teenagers and now having two of our own, my husband and I have learned a few things. We still have much to learn and are trusting the Lord to keep us humble. In no way have we “arrived,” but I’d like to share some...
When You Feel Distant From God

When You Feel Distant From God

Recently, I almost crashed into a woman driving the wrong way around the roundabout. She had missed the “Keep Right” sign and nearly caused a multiple-car collision. As I sat and waited for her to figure out the right way to go, I thought about ignoring the “Keep...
When a Hug Isn’t Enough

When a Hug Isn’t Enough

The world is in great need of comfort. For the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones in shootings. For those fleeing their homelands and leaving everything they know, love, and own behind. For those fighting the brutal war with cancer. For those suffering...
Pastoral Lament for Tyler Trent

Pastoral Lament for Tyler Trent

On Tuesday, I received a text I feared would be coming soon: “Tyler Trent just passed in heaven.” Based upon what I was hearing from his parents, Tony and Kelly, I knew Tyler was entering his final days. But the sober reality of that definitive text was gut-wrenching....