Category Archives: Faith

Trying or Training?

At the end of 2017, I spoke with Dr. John Coe, Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. He’s a delightful and gracious person. As we chatted about spiritual formation, he raised the important distinction between training … Continue reading

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World’s Toughest Marathon

When John Kelly and Gary Robbins lined up for last year’s Barkley Marathons (2017), little could they know the drama at the end. The Barkley Marathons is perhaps the most grueling race in the United States. It is, in fact, … Continue reading

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Gotta Die First

We LOVE stories of escape and survival (and the occasional Hallmark movie). Think of Steve McQueen and James Garner in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. Those of us old enough to remember it have probably watched it more than … Continue reading

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Distance & Desolation

Some days we feel the Presence of God as tangibly as a hand on our shoulder. Other days we’re traipsing alone through Death Valley under a scorching sun. Spiritual distance and desolation may come our way for a day, a … Continue reading

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The Next 10 Minutes

Many of us live sufficiently far in the future that we lose sight of the present moment. The “go-getters” make plans, set up calendars, have appointments, and organize their schedules. Always another meeting to attend, another place to get to, … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Sin

Sin is rarely spontaneous. Vice usually has a history. When we “fall” it’s usually because we’ve been dragging along the bottom for a while. Picture the iceberg. The 10% tip that floats above the waterline belies the 90% of ice … Continue reading

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Little Faith

The night had not gone well and sometime between 3am-6am, they found themselves out in the middle of the lake (Galilee) straining against a strong head wind. Dark. Windy. Water spraying up over the boat. And here came Jesus. Walking … Continue reading

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