Christian reflections

When God Seems Silent * 10 Minute Devotional

There are few things more lonely and scary than God’s silence. I once witnessed a woman throw a rosary into a trash can after being informed her son had died. “I prayed for him to be healed,” she said, her voice firm, her eyes hollow. “Now I know there is no God.” If you walk with…… Continue reading When God Seems Silent * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional

The first church I pastored was in rural Wisconsin. Farm country. We lived on the town’s main thoroughfare, and our toddler son often stood glued to the front window watching tractors roll down the street. A man in our congregation heard that Daryl had never driven a tractor (why this surprised him I do not know, since Daryl grew…… Continue reading Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional

Advent Devotional

Morning is Coming * Advent Devotional

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,     and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord     more than watchmen wait for the morning,     more than watchmen wait for the morning. Watchmen know the morning is coming. That’s why they watch. It’d be utter foolishness to watch for…… Continue reading Morning is Coming * Advent Devotional

Family life

When it Gets Ugly Out There * 10 Minute Devotional

    Every time I’ve been on social media lately, I’ve logged off feeling like I need to take a shower. The vitriol in the public sphere seems to be reaching a fevered pitch. We must speak truth in love. We must stand against injustice. We must be a people of action, not just words. But…… Continue reading When it Gets Ugly Out There * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

A Brand New Song * 10 Minute Devotional

We have a video of my then two-year old niece sitting in a university auditorium watching a choir and orchestra rehearse. She was bouncing around, climbing over and under the seats and just generally being a toddler. Then the musicians started practicing the Hallelujah Chorus. Suddenly she fell utterly silent and still. “What is that song?” she whispered,…… Continue reading A Brand New Song * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

Where’s the Help? * 10 Minute Devotional

As a 90s youth group kid, I spent a lot of years singing songs that haven’t aged particularly well. There is the line in “Knowing You” that tells God “you’re the BEST,” like he’s a super good mailman or something. There are the dorky motions to “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.” There is the overwrought chorus to…… Continue reading Where’s the Help? * 10 Minute Devotional