Posts from February 2016

Elevator Speech

When I was seven years old, I lived in an apartment building with fifteen floors. I used to spend hours on the elevator, talking to whoever came in. I’d greet them and take the few minutes before their stop to learn their name and what they had done that day. Then I’d tell them whatever was on my mind, say goodbye, and see where the elevator summoned me next. Now, let’s just get the elephant out of the room and…

Roadside Repentance

It’s interesting to me that people in the Bible are often surprised by who Jesus chooses to associate with. It’s usually the self-righteous, the ones who would be considered “good” or “holy” by the standards they themselves have created. They see Jesus choose “sinners” over them and immediately criticize Him for it. One such instance comes from our Gospel reading this week. Jesus is passing through town when a known sinner becomes His focus. Zacchaeus was an awful man—everyone in…

Gerbers, Gushing, and God

We recently had to replace a very old toilet in our home. When the plumber, Trent, reviewed my options for which new models to choose from, he was non-committal. “This one’s okay; this one’s pretty good, except the neck can cause problems; this one has a fancy handle if you like that.” Then he came to a toilet called the Gerber Viper. Trent’s whole countenance shifted, and his face lit up. “This toilet is amazing. The design is as close…

Roadside Instruction

My son loves to build with Legos. He loves making random things from his imagination, but he especially loves building from a set of plans. We sort all the pieces by color or size, then he gets to work building. Small piece connects to small piece connects to small piece until eventually you have a cool car, plan, or other gadget. Big things are made out of little things. The individual Lego bricks aren’t anything special on their own really.…

Complete Your Purchase

I love online shopping. I love sitting down at my computer and thinking about what it is that I want—a pan, a pair of shoes, a particular craft for my kids—and knowing that, with the power of the internet, I can find exactly what I’m looking for. I love reading reviews, comparing similar products, googling extra coupons, snagging an item at the last minute when Amazon tells me “Only Two Left!” I love that there is so much to choose…

Solomon’s Fall

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: A young Christian pastor is on fire for God. He founds a church or ministry that goes on to big success. He becomes well-known and beloved by many. Seemingly out of nowhere, scandal strikes. They’ve had an affair, embezzled money, or some other horrible news. Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye, Jimmy Swaggart, and Ted Haggard are all examples from recent church history. All were devoted followers of Jesus at some point, but…