Need to Chill Out? God Can Help

Need to Chill Out? God Can Help

I had to learn early that it is not a good idea to rage and scream at immortals. Forty-five years ago, I was a mid-teen who was going places. People pegged me for a leader-type. I was athletic enough to be a three-year, two-letter varsity sports jock, did the honor...
Depression and Lament

Depression and Lament

“By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres.”  (Psalm 137:1, 2) Depression is a complex condition that no single formula can heal—and we should not pretend that any can. I have too much...
God Saves Neighborhoods

God Saves Neighborhoods

Jonah 3:4, 5, 10—“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least...
The Grace of Waiting

The Grace of Waiting

“O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” (Isa. 33:2) A Call to Wait Life is a waiting room. That’s how Gayline and I see it anyways. When you have a headache that lasts for 30-plus years (like I...
Headache Heartache and Kindness Blindness

Headache Heartache and Kindness Blindness

“The pain that gnaws me takes no rest …” (Job 30:17) “Weep with those who weep…Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2) Headache Heartache I was a 30-year-old guy minding my own business. As pastor of 100 and father...