When you are struggling through life – maybe it’s a particular relationship, a marriage ending, loss of a loved one, a wayward child, a job situation or a lack of a job situation, all of life’s struggles – there are so many platitudes that get thrown your way. God loves you and everything happens for… Continue reading when God doesn’t intervene
“Why place inmates at a site with a breathtaking view of the confluence of the James and Warwick rivers, unless one were trying to rehabilitate prisoners into poets?” Why indeed! This quote comes from a 1991 Daily Press editorial on the Newport News City prison farm, a sizeable piece of property run by the City… Continue reading From prisoners to poets
“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle; love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin I think we need more love educators in our culture. I think our understanding of what love is has been so watered down and corrupted… Continue reading love grows up
[Note: If you haven’t already, please also read yesterday’s post on paying for grace, because these two concepts need to go together. Thanks.] It seems a weird question, but I think it holds a place deeply in most Christians’ hearts. Here’s why. I think that we are afraid of “too much” grace. We think that… Continue reading are you afraid of grace?
“If you can imagine enjoying God, instead of trying to repay him, then you can imagine grace.” – Max Lucado My parents treat Rob, Naomi, and me to lunch every Sunday after church. They’ve been doing this since I moved here to Virginia. I don’t think I could even begin to quantify how much money they… Continue reading paying your tab, or, how I don’t owe anything for grace