Is Prayer Pointless?

If God knows everything—including all that will take place in the future—and if he is in charge of everything, a simple but powerful question might arise: is prayer pointless? Unless God is somehow not sure of what he should do tomorrow, and needs us to twist his arm,...

Obscurity

On an episode of the television show The Office, Dunder Mifflin Paper Company branch manager Michael Scott approaches the receptionist Pam to ask what is wrong with a plant in the office which is wilting and withering. “Would you like me to ask the night cleaning crew...

New Names and Star Wars movies

Our daughter Emily turns nine today. For her birthday we gave her the newest Star Wars movie and a poster of the movie for her room.  Although she enjoys princesses, purple butterflies and glittery nail polish as much as any girl her age, she is also completely...

Prayer/Life

Christians often speak of their prayer life, but how often do we ask what makes for a prayerful life? As long as we speak of our “prayer life” we’re probably inappropriately considering prayer in isolation from the rest of life. Do we ever imagine that our life itself...

THE PARABLE OF THE WINDOWS

The story is told of a young couple who moved into their first home. The next morning as they were eating breakfast, the wife glanced out the window and saw her neighbor hanging out clothes. “Boy, that woman sure doesn't know how to do laundry,” she said. “Those...

The Higher Rock

Our walk through life sometimes feels more like crawling across a desert: no landmarks to point out the right direction, no pit stops to provide nourishment, and no sense that the landscape is ever going to change. We don't always experience life this way, but there...

The Preparations

It’s easier than you’d think to forget what this is all about. The Christian life, the church—all of it. It’s much easier than you’d think. How often our plans for church activities or groups become our focus, and we don’t even notice how long it’s been since Jesus...

The Bereans Be Readin’ – am I?

While Emily and I were doing her bedtime Bible reading a couple of nights ago, we came across the passage in Acts, well-known in evangelical circles, about the Berean Jews, who were more excellent because they “searched the Scriptures” to see if what Paul was saying...

Universe

In the classic 1941 science fiction novella, “Universe,” Robert Heinlein tells the tale of a vast starship originally intended to travel from earth to a far galaxy. The trip would take centuries to complete, so the voyage was planned to span generations. There was an...