April 21 Fiery horizon, flaming sun Pulls me from my sleep Power of life takes my hand Colorfully beckons me Awakening heart, stirring soul Mercies fresh as dew With the flaring, sunlit clouds I pass from night to new Fiery outline, flaming Son Eclipsing tomb’s cold stone Power of life quakes the earth … Continue reading Sonrise
Two thousand years ago a sinless man set his face toward Jerusalem. He heaved a cross on his shoulders and climbed a hill outside the city gates. He let seething men drill nails through his veins. He hung against the wood, bleeding, gasping, dying, forsaken. He bore the foaming ocean of God’s wrath so we … Continue reading Meditation, Celebration, and a Good Friday Playlist
April 14 Spring is unfolding dramatically here in Missouri. Each morning I wake to a bit more green and a few more blossoms than the day before. They’re a constant reminder of the new life Christ offers. Lately, I’ve found myself humming the lyrics to songs by Andrew Peterson (one of my favorite artists) that … Continue reading Songs to Echo Spring
April 7 Last Thursday, I talked about joy (and how mine can be flimsy). I tend to feel happy and label it as lasting joy. But when the sunshine fades and clouds roll in, I see my mistake. Today I’m sharing a quote by D.L. Moody—nineteenth century preacher and revivalist—on the difference between happiness and … Continue reading Happiness or Joy?
I’ve always had a thing for sunshine. It’s the reason summer is my favorite season. The sun doesn’t just supply light; it warms my bones and gladdens my soul. I tend to feel more spiritually alive on days when the sun is bright and the sky is blue. Maybe you’re the same way. Maybe sunshine … Continue reading Is Your Joy Flimsy?
March 31 Today I’m sharing six resources that have helped to sharpen my writing skills. I hope you can learn from them too! On Writing Well by William Zinsser No other book has shaped my writing like this one. Zinsser’s passion for concise and concrete sentences has especially impacted me. The Habit email newsletter Jonathan … Continue reading 6 Resources for Writers
March 24 I was convicted last week to pray more for my church body. I forget how critical and beautiful it is “when brothers dwell in unity” (Ps. 133:1). Psalm 133 goes on to depict this unity with two similes: Anointing oil dripping down Aaron’s beard, and sweet dew on the mountains of Zion. At … Continue reading Strange Similes and Church Unity
This article was first published on the Rebelution blog, where you can read it in its entirety. If my generation woke up, we’d realize we’re being treated like babies. The world is coddling us with low expectations, stroking our flesh and rocking us into lethargy. We’re being spoon-fed the tasty lies that we don’t need … Continue reading Teenager, It’s Time to Wake Up and Join the Battle
March 17 Reading through the Israelites’ battles has been like reading a novel and knowing how it ends. I’m travelling through Numbers and realizing how often God spoils the outcome for his people. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. But the LORD … Continue reading The Best Spoiler Ever
March 10 Here are three fantastic books that are challenging, inspiring, and exciting me right now: Radical by David Platt A craver of comfort and stuff, I need this book. It’s a bold reminder that the “American dream” of success and luxury shouldn’t be what Christ-followers chase. Radical is challenging me to take action as a … Continue reading 3 Books Challenging, Inspiring, and Exciting Me