For anyone at all familiar with the Bible, it’s probably not hard to recall at least a few of the numerous passages that depict God as all unlimited in his power and might. Scripture makes clear that one of God’s traits is his omnipotence, his infinite strength and authority, a trait that rightly invokes both […]

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,  but his mother answered, “No; he […]

I’m not Jacob, who saw the ladder from heaven to earth. I’m not Joseph, who saw his future portrayed in a dream sequence involving bowing sheaves of wheat. I’m not the apostle Paul, who received the Macedonian call in his sleep. Still, I do believe God at times can speak to us, even today, in […]

You may or may not be a fan of poetry, but whether you fancy yourself a connoisseur of poetic verse or if you feel scarred from your high school English teacher’s best attempts to force it down your throat, I’d commend this poem by T.S. Eliot to you. It’s an imaginative recounting of the journey […]

Joy to the world, the Lord is comeLet earth receive her KingLet every heart prepare Him roomAnd Heaven and nature singAnd Heaven and nature singAnd Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing! When our kids were younger, when Kelly and I had less space for our family and our belongings, we often found ourselves, just as […]

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I hold Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in high regard. There are just too many ways in which Bradbury’s novel, written in the early 1950’s always feels timely. Yesterday I found myself thinking about Mildred, one of the more tragic characters in the book. Mildred is the […]

Just over a month ago, I worked through a bout with Covid-19. Thankfully, my case was very mild, and other than a lagging cough that comes on every once in a while, more rarely now than even a week or so ago, I feel mostly on the mend. After I got off quarantine, though, I […]

This morning, as every Sunday morning at the Anglican church my family and I attend, all in the room knelt somewhere about the middle of the service. All facing the same direction, all on our knees as the liturgy moved into the Prayers of the People, we affirmed each prayer read by Deacon Robert in […]

When my daughter was 7, she was having trouble sleeping in her own room–scared of things that might happen at night. Specifically, she was scared of her dolls coming to life and harming her. We found that part out when most of her American Girl dolls disappeared; come to find out, she’d given them to […]

Here’s a thought… If the only gun owner we can imagine is the kind who dresses in military surplus and carries an assault rifle into the Michigan capitol because he’s mad at his governor, then maybe we need to meet more gun owners. If the only protestor we can imagine is the kind who burns […]