Category: Essay

Soul Songs 3: Inhabit the Praise

“Why did he call it that?” my student asked.
“I don’t know,” I answered, but it got me thinking and thinking and thinking.
Because that word “habitation” has a strangely homey, settled feeling.

How the Kingdom of Heaven Changes Everything

What the Bible says about war. How the Kingdom of Heaven changes everything. “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” Matthew 18:36

Love Your Enemies

How to Love Your Enemies: The painting hung on the little piece of wall between the hall into the high school wing and the staff room. I’d see it as I rushed out of the bathroom, pigtails swinging, hands clean for lunch. It told a story that I knew before I ever went to school. “Whosoever shall lose his life for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”

Accept Authority as a God-given Grace I

What caused the hippies to believe bucking authority would bring world peace? What caused my grandparents to conform to a sedate, self-sacrificing way of life under the authority of an ordinary man they called “bishop”? They grew up in the same generation after all.

Serve the Community & Let the Community Serve You

Tapioca pudding and serving the community? I’ll connect the two eventually.