Spiritual Formation

Do You Want to Live a More Meaningful Life?

In a 2014 survey, the Barna Group found that three-quarters of American adults (75%) are looking for ways to live a “more meaningful life.” This simple statistic raises so many questions in my mind—the most obvious one being this: What exactly do we mean when we say that we want a “more meaningful life”? Certainly,… Read More Do You Want to Live a More Meaningful Life?

Uncategorized

The Most Common Misconception about “Calling”

A quick Google search for “what is my calling?” yields one billion, thirty million websites for your perusal—hopefully enough information to get you pointed in the right direction. Right?! As you might imagine, the content on said websites is as varied as our understanding of the subject itself. Everyone from Forbes to Oprah to Tiny… Read More The Most Common Misconception about “Calling”

Spiritual Formation

Clarify Your Calling: A New Blog Series

Last fall—just before Peter’s stroke—I had started a blog series on the subject of Interpersonal Communication. I haven’t forgotten about that important subject, and I plan to return to that series later this spring. But at the moment, another topic has re-captured my attention—the matter of “calling.” If you’ve ever wondered—“What am I ‘called’ to… Read More Clarify Your Calling: A New Blog Series

Spiritual Formation

This Is Also the Church: How We Do Hesed

If you’ve spent much time at all around the Church, you probably have a bone to pick. Or two. Or ten. Yours might be a collection of smaller bones—the ill-timed word of a fellow congregant, a disagreement with the leadership over certain details, a misunderstanding that really doesn’t matter that much. Or you might be… Read More This Is Also the Church: How We Do Hesed

Family Life

When God Is God: Our Story of a Stroke

Happy New Year, friends! How are you? Admittedly, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve needed to spend the past couple of months focusing on getting our family through a difficult season of sudden health challenges and unexpected transitions. It’s been a lot to manage and to process. But—by the grace of God… Read More When God Is God: Our Story of a Stroke

Writing & Communication

What Does Your Face Say?

The second in a series of blog posts on Interpersonal Communication and Relationships.   So, this happened a couple of weeks ago… I was speaking at a women’s event. A few dozen beautiful faces gazed back at me as I expounded upon the healing power of Jesus in the gospel of Mark, chapter 5. Most… Read More What Does Your Face Say?

Writing & Communication

Why We Need to Watch Our Words

The first in a series of blog posts on Interpersonal Communication and Relationships.   As children, we all learned the little ditty: “Sticks and stones may break my bones But words can never hurt me.” Then we got older, and we realized just how ridiculous that mantra really is. We learn—too often the hard way—that… Read More Why We Need to Watch Our Words

Writing & Communication

Relationships 101: A New Blog Series Begins Now!

Every semester I begin my Moody Bible Institute Speech Class with a unit on Interpersonal Communication. i.e., Relationships. To begin with, I try to impress upon my students the importance of the topic. They may think they know enough about relationships. They’ve had them all their lives, after all. And they’ve been “going all right.”… Read More Relationships 101: A New Blog Series Begins Now!

Writing & Communication

Lies Writers Believe, and the Truth that Sets Us Free

A couple of Saturdays ago I got to reconnect with a few of my favorite people—the leadership team of my writers’ group here in McHenry, Illinois. We call ourselves Kaleo Creatives—“kaleo” being a Greek verb, meaning “to call, to name, to address.” Our mission? “To encourage, equip, and tangibly support one another in our writing,… Read More Lies Writers Believe, and the Truth that Sets Us Free

Spiritual Formation

Overcoming Labels, Dispelling Lies

[photo credit: lucilight at creativeworshipsnss.blogspot.com] When we teach babies to talk, we start—of course—by naming things. We point a purposeful finger at the intended object, and we enunciate clearly and deliberately—our eyes wide, our faces expectant. “Mom-ma…Dad-dy…eyes…nose…juice.” Then, when our tiny student responds with a corresponding utterance, we clap and cheer and offer all manner… Read More Overcoming Labels, Dispelling Lies