Tag: Hope

Hope and Unmet Expectations

The Christian faith speaks into a world marked by suffering.  It also speaks into a world marked with unmet desires. …

Where Is God in Our Unmet Desires?

I mentioned in a previous post that I read through the vulnerable memoir of New Testament scholar Wesley Hill and…

The Unexpected Upside of Waiting

In my previous career, I attended a lot of groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies.  What I found in those momentous…

Something To Hold Onto During The Darkest Night

I wanted to share a quote from Biblical scholar D.A. Carson on the all too real topic of suffering: In…

How I Want To Go Thomas Jefferson On Suffering

You know what really bothers me?  All this talk about suffering in the Bible.  How suffering is necessary to conform…

Have you ever found yourself wandering in the desert? Maybe you haven't found yourself in a literal desert, but at least in a desert-y period of life.  Perhaps it's in between relationships, jobs, or some other major life event.  Quite honestly, I'm not a big fan of those times. I find myself entering into a major transition of life and I quite honestly have so many thoughts swirling around in my head.  Fortunately, the raw nature of the Psalms are helpful to pray through.  And as a former pastor suggested, weekly therapy sessions in the batting cage helps on a different level. I have found that following Jesus is difficult under the best of circumstances, so when the bad times hit, it is made even more tough. In this season, I'm learning to follow Jesus by preaching to myself.  I'm learning to follow Jesus by writing verses down on a whiteboard, reminding myself of God's promises to not only preserve, but also to establish me.  While I honestly cannot wait for this season to end, I will come out on the other end clinging to the only certain hope I have-- that Jesus is Lord of all.

How I’m Learning to Follow Jesus

Have you ever found yourself wandering in the desert? Maybe you haven’t found yourself in a literal desert, but at…

The Psalm of Sorrow

One of the reasons I love the Psalms is that they capture raw emotions.  Everything from the exuberance of a wedding to…

Why God Accepted The Blame

One of the beautiful elements of Christian theology is that injustice and evil do not have a final word.  Justice…

God Doesn’t Stand Still When We Come To A Standstill

When we think of Advent and Christmas, often times we might have a tendency to skip over large chunks of…

What Believing In Jesus Means

Have you ever seen those “Believe” bumper stickers or vague, kitschy church signs about belief and wondered what they meant? …

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