Pandemic Book Log

I spent the first three weeks of the pandemic watching 134 episodes of Chicago Fire, one after another. When that was over, and I needed a way to cope with the loss of my friends at Firehouse 51, I dove into books. All kinds of books. Many were wonderful. A few were, well…not. (We won’t […]

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Maybe you need to Sin

I was up late last night reading the memoir of a woman whose husband lost his faith right around the time their second child was born. She didn’t lose her faith, although it shifted quite a bit from the on-fire, anything for Jesus, we’re destined for greatness culture in which they spent their high school […]

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Prayer (in a time of) Crisis

I planned to write about prayer today, but I can’t pray. This hasn’t happened in a while. But it pops up often enough that I thought I’d mention it rather than sweeping it under the rug and doing a cut/paste post from one of the dozens of talks I’ve given on this subject during easier […]

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How (and why) would I read the Bible?

It’s a fair question. It’s a complicated book. Here are my thoughts on why it’s so very worth the effort. I love the Bible. It took me quite a while to get a handle on it. And yet when you dive in and ask for God’s help, something supernatural kicks in.  It’s inspiring and exciting, […]

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On a personal note…

We should talk about heaven. Yesterday I wrote a whole post about the upside of following Jesus without mentioning heaven, because until recently, heaven seemed more like a “bonus with purchase” add-on item than the reason I invested faith in the first place. I have crystal clear memories of how frustrated I’d get whenever a […]

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Do we really need the Jesus part?

Do we really need the Jesus part of faith? In a word, Yes. I know, I know. But stick with me … Yesterday we talked about the truth that God loves us. That He created us and is exceedingly pleased with His excellent work. But I also hinted at the reality that just three chapters […]

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The thing about God is…

The thing about God is…He loves you. He does. Sometimes saying something in different ways makes it easier to believe, so try this: read each of the next three lines, moving the emphasis to where the CAPS are: God LOVES me. GOD loves me. God loves ME. Not matter how you say it, there is […]

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How I’m getting through

I made a mistake yesterday. I was in the grocery store, and I turned my cart the wrong way down one of the aisles that have now been designated THIS WAY and DO NOT ENTER to keep us safe as we procure food in quarantine. A woman blocked me with her cart and yelled at […]

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