Finding the Missing God

I was a 5th grader at McDonald Elementary School in Moscow, Idaho.  I was in the middle of my awkward stage - a stage my mother assured me every child went through.  My stage just happened to be a little more problematic, a little more prolonged and a little more pronounced than everyone else's. The homework from music class was fairly straightforward on that fateful day.  Bring a … [Read more...]

Banishing the Darkness

"Banishing the Darkness: Where Do We Go From Here?" was recently published on Huffington Post - take a look. Twice this week I have watched with horror the Twitter feed, Facebook status updates and live online reporting of events that exposed the rampant evil in our world.  Shootings at Clackamas Town Center in Portland.  Massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. … [Read more...]

JOURNEYING to the Heart of God

STOP.  Right now.  Right where you are.  Don't change a thing.  Don't close a tab on your browser.  Don't close a book.  Don't delete a message you're writing. LOOK.  Look around you.  Look at what you're doing.  What you're writing.  What you're playing.  What you're saying. ASK.  Ask yourself, "What does God think of me, right now, right where I'm at, doing what I'm doing, … [Read more...]

HALLOWING the Ordinary

"Mom, can I get some spring church shoes that match my Easter dress from the storage room?" Absentmindedly I nodded my head.  "Uh huh, that's fine.  Just don't make a mess." Several minutes later, my daughter returned upstairs from the storage room, wearing fancy, new "church" shoes.  "Now those aren't for playing outside.  They're only for church."  If you're a parent, you've … [Read more...]

GOING to Hell (to Preach)

"Mom, what is Saturday called?" I looked at my 11-year-old with a puzzled expression, unsure how to answer her question. "You know.  Thursday is Maundy Thursday.  Friday is Good Friday.  Sunday is Easter Sunday.  Even Monday is called Easter Monday.  So what is Saturday called?" I considered the question, and realized I didn't have a good answer.  Long after the conversation was … [Read more...]