Hope or Despair? Responding to Suffering

Hope or Despair? Responding to Suffering

It may seem like an odd time of year to talk about suffering. We’ve just celebrated Christ’s resurrection, the wildflowers are blooming along our Texas freeways, and the happy days of spring and summer are stretching out before us. You can see the excited anticipation...
When a Story Isn’t Finished

When a Story Isn’t Finished

Do you remember the legend of the Pied Piper? It’s a story that emotionally captivated me as a youngster. I was attracted to many stories of myth and magic, but it was this story that I longed to see finished. It is the story of the lost children of Hameln town. The...
Lament and Worship in a Pandemic

Lament and Worship in a Pandemic

I was recently asked to comment on the appropriateness of lamenting as a Christian, given the stress people are under because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, lament is a very appropriate response to the cruel losses and hardships of these days. The Bible not only...
How God’s Justice is a Painful Mercy

How God’s Justice is a Painful Mercy

The judgment of God is a controversial topic, controversial mostly because it appears harsh, even unfair, and so, unworthy of the picture of God we carry in our minds. The inconsistency between our picture of a loving and merciful God and what we learn from Scripture...
A Call for Moral Courage

A Call for Moral Courage

I’ve been writing young adult fiction for a number of years, and because of it I’ve been thinking about the flaws, failures, and virtues of the characters in the novels. I have realized in a fresh way that one of the traditional attributes my characters...