Christian Faith

How Could a Loving and All-Powerful God Allow the Catastrophic to Occur?

The following was originally published on September 7, 2012 on my website, The Rockery (www.the-rockery.com). On August 29, 2005 at 6:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States as a Category 3 hurricane bringing with it devastating floods, battering winds . . . catastrophic destruction. More than… Continue reading How Could a Loving and All-Powerful God Allow the Catastrophic to Occur?

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Jesus Christ

Books To Feed Your Mind and Spirit

I am often asked for recommendations of devotional materials. Topping my list is Devotional Classics. (I’ve mentioned DC elsewhere on this site but want to reemphasize it and a couple of others today).  I’ve used this book in my seminary and church-based classes on spiritual formation and development in the disciplines of the faith. I have… Continue reading Books To Feed Your Mind and Spirit

Christian Faith · Prayer

Until the Sound of a Mighty Rain…

“Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous”–Isaiah 7:11 (NIV) Ahab went out to meet Elijah. The moment Ahab saw Elijah he said, “So it’s you, old troublemaker!” “It’s not I who has caused trouble in Israel,” said Elijah, “but you and your government—you’ve dumped God’s ways and… Continue reading Until the Sound of a Mighty Rain…

Christian Faith · Nature

Gently Wakened

Oh, how I enjoy being gently wakened by a soft breeze and a sound river of birdsong just as the sun is rising! Our Creator knit us together in our mothers’ wombs and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He delights in bringing this treat of peace and pleasure for our senses before… Continue reading Gently Wakened

Christian Faith · Jesus Christ

Good Friday

Mark 15:16-32 When you see the nails piercing through Christ’s hands, believe surely that it is your work. When you see His crown of thorns, believe that it is your evil thoughts.—Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany The spectacle of the crucifixion of Jesus was hideous. No language can express how awful… Continue reading Good Friday

Books · Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Prayer · The Church

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

“The greatest problems of our time are not technological, for these we handle fairly well. They are not even political or economic, because the difficulties in these areas, glaring as they may be, are largely derivative. The greatest problems are moral and spiritual, and unless we can make some progress in these realms, we may… Continue reading Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

Christian Faith

Taking the Initiative Against Despair

“Rise, let us be going” (Matthew 26:46). In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now;… Continue reading Taking the Initiative Against Despair