Excellence — Who, Me?

The wow-factor of my kids' birthday parties? The visibility of certain muscle groups in my arms, legs, and torso? The ease and finesse with which I can entertain a party of twelve, self-publish a book, or create deck furniture from wooden palettes? Are any of these a worthy means of measuring my excellence? Not according… Continue reading Excellence — Who, Me?

Diligence and Focus: Thoughts from the Garden

Since the blossoms are turning into green beans; Since the tomatoes are crowding each other for a peek of the red-ripening sun; Since going to the garden feeds my soul as well as my family, I look forward every year to the season of hunkering down between the bean plants.  It’s challenging this year with… Continue reading Diligence and Focus: Thoughts from the Garden

Veering into the Serene Providence

Knocking twenty-two years’ worth of dust off a resume stretches the definition of “creative writing” to its limit. After giving my time away for two decades, can I convince even myself that my skills are marketable? Am I still capable of holding my own in the workforce? The questions hang in the air like a… Continue reading Veering into the Serene Providence

Toward a Theology of Reverence and Awe

It is staggering to think that the life of faith is really an invitation to share in the nature of God.  He is holy, and he calls the believer to a life of holiness, providing the means and the might to make it happen.  He is loving, and He pours His love through us in… Continue reading Toward a Theology of Reverence and Awe

Four Faith-Forward Lessons from the Life of Moses

In a couple of months, I'll be celebrating two years of blogging.  When my pastor first invited me to be a guest writer for the church's blog, I could barely breathe whenever I clicked on that "publish" button -- and that really hasn't changed too much.  What has changed, however, is my understanding of bold… Continue reading Four Faith-Forward Lessons from the Life of Moses

A Well-Grounded Trust

The fallacy of circularity -- the accusation that all arguments for the trustworthiness of Scripture come round to the Bible's own truth claims -- has been leveled against Christians, and sometimes it's well-founded.  How, then, is a serious student of the Word to explain and validate her certainty that when she opens the pages of… Continue reading A Well-Grounded Trust

Meditations on The Name

The infinite variety in nature, the curious complexity of human behavior, the synchronicity of multiple systems in our own anatomy -- and in the solar system -- all point, through general revelation, to the nature of God:  multi-faceted, magnificent, and yet mysterious.  Special revelation in Scripture picks up where creation leaves off, and Beth Willis… Continue reading Meditations on The Name