King Jesus and the American Dream

Eliciting much sympathy for the American church is hard. It seems we have been blessed with more widespread freedom, leisure, and resources than any other geographically-defined group in Christian history. While brothers and sisters in Christ starve physically and endure persecution socially in places like North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, and others, we sit, seemingly fat […]

Praise

Grasses their heads wave in victory cheer Streams murmur of You, The One without peer Mountains white-crested their orisons raise Daisies bright humbly Your attributes praise Lofty pines still You more lofty declare Canyons all echo yet still add their share Wind rushes swiftly to fall at Your feet Clouds grace its worship, in chorus […]

This Christmas, Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

It’s that time of year again: advertising season. I have always interpreted the 30 or so days beginning with Thanksgiving and culminating in Christmas as “the holidays.” But a disturbing trend has been evident in recent history: beginning around October 1stand carrying over into the New Year, retailers have bombarded America with advertisements, sales, and window displays. […]

Pray With Your Legs

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Frederick Douglass “Lift with your legs.” Every weeknight, for a year, that’s the phrase I heard. At the start of the shift: “Lift with your legs.” After break time: “Lift with your legs.” As I slept: “Lift with your legs.” I […]

The Miracle of Transformation

For a brief moment, James stopped and stared at the miracle, transfixed by a reverence that seemed to have materialized in his heart out of nothingness. He was late for his next appointment, but he wasn’t in a hurry. Or, at least not in such a hurry that he didn’t have time for admiring a […]