Perpetual Embarrassment

Back several months ago my car was totaled. The road was icy. The temperature was cold. The driver was inexperienced. The hill was steep. And the bend in the road fairly sharp. All this combined equals a destroyed rear-end of a car. The rear-end is worth more than $3000 in damage repair. The car still… Continue reading Perpetual Embarrassment

500 Words Per Day: Air Hockey, Holy Spirit & Church Boards

I've been thinking about God's Holy Spirit. And I have also been thinking about church. To be sure, I've been thinking about Christians. I've probably also been thinking about myself and how in some way or other I have had experiences with all three. I suppose the experiences haven't always been the best of times… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Air Hockey, Holy Spirit & Church Boards

500 Words Per Day: Thinking about the Pursuit of Ambition

Eugene Peterson wrote, "The great weakness of North American spirituality is that it is all about us: fulfilling our potential, getting in on the blessings of God, expanding our influence, finding our gifts, getting a handle on principles by which we can get an edge over the competition. And the more there is of us,… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Thinking about the Pursuit of Ambition

500 Words with John’s Gospel: Greater or Lesser

I came across a startling idea when reading John's Gospel and it has to do with greatness or greater. Great. Greater. Greatest. We have fun ways of delineating hierarchy in the English language. I always enjoy seeing words like 'greater' in a text because it makes me wonder what's just 'great.' It happens in John's… Continue reading 500 Words with John’s Gospel: Greater or Lesser