Bug Bites

I once arrived home from a camping trip covered with mosquito bites. I had tried to protect myself from getting bitten, for I react pretty severely to bug bites. My skin gets all red, swollen, itchy, and hot, and I sometimes feel feverish and fatigued. I mixed up a blend of oils—citronella, peppermint, lemon balm,…

A Promise Unfulfilled

There are few people who don’t love to read or watch a good mystery story. There is an allure to that which is mysterious, a thrill in the search of the valiant detective for the truth that draws us to (vicariously) join in the quest. Conspiracy theories take this allure to a whole new level.…

Filters

Filters are useful and helpful things that typically demand little attention until there is a problem with them. When we ignore and neglect them, they impede the day-to-day operation of many items we use on a regular basis, such as a furnace, air conditioner, or dryer. For instance, I never think to monitor the vacuum cleaner’s…

Unfortunate Conclusions

I once knew a man who firmly believed the following syllogism [step by step logical formula]: The Bible says the thoughts of the righteous are right: (Proverbs 12:5) I have been made righteous in Christ, and so I am therefore righteous. Therefore, all of my thoughts are right—and I am justified in doing whatever I…

Why Are All of Us Misfits?

The other day, as I was reading along in my Greek New Testament, I came across some of the most challenging verses in all of Scripture. In Matthew 7:13–14, Jesus makes it clear that the path of salvation will be found by few. Even those who find it, who enter through the gate, will find…

Childlike Wonder

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since I was four years old. I have seen mountains. I have seen lakes. I have seen waterfalls. I have seen meadows, beaches, and trees. I have visited Mount Rainier, the Columbia River, and Hurricane Ridge at least a dozen times each. I know what sixteen feet of…

In a Dry and Thirsty Land

A Meditation on Psalm 63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:      My soul thirsteth for thee, My flesh longeth for thee,      In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory,      So as I have seen thee…

The Eyes of the Lord

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. These words should penetrate your entire life. If you are an arrogant rebel attempting to conceal your sin from God, these words should humble you. If you are a believer, these words should motivate you to forsake sin,…

One Coin

Proverbs 26:4–5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. How ought those who seek to be wise respond to those who persist in foolishness? In these two verses we find two principles…

The Story We All Need to Hear

This is a lightly edited version of a letter I recently wrote to an inmate struggling with drug addiction and its consequences. I have removed his name and any details that could identify him—but the story of the gospel that he needs to hear is not one that we can repeat too often. Your story…