Life out of Death

Joseph embodies the key reality of spirituality: life out of death.  God is a God of life out of death.  This is His way.  Everything He does or creates expresses it.  If we would truly know the Lord, our experience will be marked by life out of death. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit…

Change or Die: A Post-Christmas Wrap Up

This past weekend, I wrote a piece for the religion column of our local paper.  The following is an excerpt with a link to the full article *** Two years ago, I introduced my daughter to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. We read the book then watched some film versions. The 2009 animated version (with Jim…

Filling the Empty Tomb

Chloe Last month, our cat Chloe was diagnosed with feline leukemia.  Two days later we had to put her to sleep.  She was too weak and debilitated. Six weeks earlier, Chloe had a routine checkup.  At that time the vet said she was in great health.  Losing her in three days’ time was stunning.  Our…

Death!

Image from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King I love the book and movie series, Lord of the Rings.  LOTR’s author, JRR Tolkien, was Catholic.  The world of LOTR is deeply imbued with Christian realities. One of my favorite moments occurs in the third installment, Return of the King.  A hoarde of orcs and other…

Rest in Peace

In a previous post, I mentioned the Lord has me in a season of rest.  Besides limiting my pursuit of hobbies, the Lord has limited my pursuit of Him.  Intense study and prayer are off the table; I too easily turn these points of divine relationship into tasks to be achieved. This season has been…

Slaves of Death

“Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death–that is, the Devil–and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15).             Certainly, the above verses…

The Sound of Wailing: Jeremiah 9

“The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: How ruined we are!  How great is our shame!”      (Jer. 9:19)             Throughout scripture, wailing is common when the Lord comes in judgment and leaves no hope of escape or recovery.  There was wailing when all the first-born were slain in Egypt, and in John’s…