"What if you're enough, just the way you are?" The subject line of the email startled me. Haunted me for days, if I'm honest. "What if you're enough, just the way you are?" My gut reaction? "What? Of course I'm not enough. And anyway, isn't that kind of a sacrilegious question?" Because I'm supposed to... Continue Reading →
Can I Get an Amen?
It's back to school time in my neck of the woods. Hooray! I've had a great summer and I'm ready to head back to the classroom. So in the spirit of the new school year, I thought I'd give everyone a little vocabulary lesson that just might give you a whole new outlook on the... Continue Reading →
Heaven: My Five Favorite Quotes
I don't know about you, but Heaven is sounding better every day! Today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes about our real home. "Shall we stop at the poor line, the grave, which all our Christianity is always trying to wipe out and make nothing of, and which we always insist... Continue Reading →
Go Ahead. Give up.
For me, it happened gradually, like an oak tree losing its leaves in autumn. Sometimes one at a time, floating silently to the ground when the final thread of stem at last gave way; sometimes whole clumps, torn violently by an icy wind and hurled to the frozen ground. It took a long time for... Continue Reading →
A Long Patience
My students and I recently studied William Wordsworth's poem, "A Sketch," which describes a man "....to whom Long patience hath such mild composure given That patience now doth seem a thing of which He hath no need." The words "long patience" caught my attention, because I don't know about you, but it seems I've had... Continue Reading →
What is Your Purpose?
The first and most well-known question of The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks the question this way: "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Wait. What? What about spreading the gospel? Raising godly children? Caring for those in need? Yep.... Continue Reading →