Christian Faith · Church · Persecution

An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

In today’s entry in Streams in the Desert, I was reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into an enormous fiery furnace when they refused to abandon their allegiance to the living God. Here was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if God’s people were going to suffer a terrible… Continue reading An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

Books · Writing

Waging the War of Art

My husband just picked up a new book and insisted he needed to read the introduction to me. Therein, the author thanks a specific individual for helping to keep her “focused and sane (more or less) through the war that is writing a book.” I was reminded through this of the words of Steven Pressfield,… Continue reading Waging the War of Art

Christian Faith · Christian Ministry

Store Up Comfort

Comfort, comfort, my people, says your God (Isaiah 40:1). God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters. –John Henry Jowett Store up comfort. This was the prophet’s mission. The world is full of comfortless hearts, and to make you sufficient for this lofty ministry, you must be trained. And… Continue reading Store Up Comfort

Christian Faith · Church · Religion

Chastising Myself

I have been chastising myself since last night. I had been in conversation on Facebook with a Jehovah’s Witness who had set up the straw man of John Shelby Spong as an “authority” on the subject of hell. He was using a video-taped interview with the heretical, now retired, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of… Continue reading Chastising Myself

Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

A Time for Everything and a Season for Every Purpose

[Originally posted in 2013.] “There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.” Time. From time to time. For the time-being. Time-honored, timeless, timely, time-sharing, time-worn. Time heals all wounds. Time wounds all heels. Time is always a circus packing up and moving away. Living is entirely too time-consuming. Time… Continue reading A Time for Everything and a Season for Every Purpose

Christian Faith · Christmas

Getting Past the Barricades to Christmas

A PILGRIMAGE TO BETHLEHEM ON CHRISTMAS EVE John 6:35, 40 and Mark 10:46-52 Today as we look at the sixth chapter of the gospel of John and at the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark, we’ll be examining the meaning of Christ’s coming into the world in terms of new life, abundant life, and… Continue reading Getting Past the Barricades to Christmas