September 6, 2018

Back-to-school each fall brings a veritable spring of new relationships. New teachers and students. New classmates and their parents. New patterns and routines. New faces at church, and often new neighbors on the block. If we want to get to know someone new, one of the...

July 19, 2018

One of the most liberating discoveries of my life has been coming to find that God does not pursue his people through coercion but by winning us from the heart. True Christianity cannot be coerced. God works — through his word and his Spirit — from the inside out. The...

July 16, 2018

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” –Isaiah 55:8–9

God doesn’t promise to protect you from all harm...

May 28, 2018

Update: Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy died September 8, 2014, at age 93.

The cows started writing on billboards in the Twin Cities metro earlier this year. End of Burgerz — Koming Soon.

These bovines can’t spell, but we got the message — especially those of us Minneso...

April 7, 2018

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
     and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
     Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1) 

God’s invitation to his great banquet cuts across ethn...

February 25, 2018

“Blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

It’s one of Jesus’s most enigmatic, controversial, and haunting statements. In the last two millennia, many a tortured soul have wrestled over this warning. Have I committed “the unforgivable sin”? When I addressed my...

February 23, 2018

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

It had been a desperate search for inner peace. Call it satisfaction, joy, pleasure, happiness. Long had she sensed this gnawing...

January 2, 2018

Here comes our annual reminder to take stock and make fresh resolves. And for many of us, a new year means an opportunity to re-up on our spiritual disciplines. However poor our eating has been or however inadequately we’ve exercised, we never seem to end the old year...

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