How Do We Rest in the Face of Horrible Calamity?
What happens to our emotions if we really believe in the sovereign wisdom and goodness of God in horrible persecution?
This question rises for me for two reasons.
One is because of God’s will for our emotions revealed in the…Continue Reading
The Jagged Void (A Poem for Grieving Mothers)
When the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, nine children died in the Plaza Towers Elementary School. I’ve been thinking about their parents, especially the mothers who bore them — and trying to imagine the void. And the more…Continue Reading
When a Black Woman Married a White Man
It’s interesting that something so commonplace and natural to me can be such a mystery to others. You see, I’m a black woman married to a white man. For many — perhaps more than would like to admit — my…Continue Reading
Love and Interracial Marriage: 5 Principles for Engaging a Disapproving Family
Most of us agree that interracial relationships, though beautiful, can potentially be harder. I stress “potentially” since often it is assumed that people of different ethnicities are automatically opposites.
When engaging the topic of interracial dating, we must recognize that…Continue Reading
Fighting the Tyranny of Ministry Success
What is the most loving thing God can do for a 22-year-old minister?
In my case, it was ordaining that my inaugural, epic, game-changing, well-publicized ministry event be attended by one kid.
One single human being. A junior high boy…Continue Reading
Loving Muslims, While Rejecting Islam
Only one major world religion has a built-in apologetic against Christianity: Islam.
“While I profoundly disagree with Islam,” says Zane Pratt, dean of missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “I love Muslims.”
For 20 years, Pratt lived and ministered the…Continue Reading
The Genius of C.S. Lewis
Lay Aside the Weight of Sluggishness
“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit…
Not Your Ordinary Exposition
John Piper writes in the foreword to Jon Bloom’s new book Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith,
These meditations are not your ordinary exposition. These are stories. Really good stories. They are…