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What are We Hearing?

What do we hear in the words of a king who sobs over a son who died trying to overthrow his own father, “Oh Absalom, my son Absalom, if only I had died instead of you”? 2Sam 18:33 Is the emotion similar to what we hear in the boldness of a leader who asks for […]

Seven Days to Remember

The seven days we remember this week were a long time in coming. Heaven didn’t seem to be in a hurry.  Since the first hint and promise of a rescue, thousands of troubled years had passed. No one’s parents had survived. Everyone’s children were dying. A brief moment of expectation was followed by 30 silent […]

The Gift of Time

This is National Volunteer Week in the U.S. April 6-12 has been set apart as a time to honor those who have given one of the greatest treasures in life to the service of others. During the week I’ve had a chance to have lunchtimes with groups of Service Partners who donate time to our […]

Not Seen But Loved

Yesterday, the wife of one of our friends let us know that her husband, BruceC, has passed into the presence of his Lord. As I read MaryLou’s note, and followed the heartfelt words that a number of you so thoughtfully expressed to her, I sensed our shared affections for a man most of us have […]

Is Our God too…?

Astronomers estimate that The Milky Way is made up of something like… 400 billion stars. Am pausing and saying those words slowly… to try and sense a meaning I can’t begin to absorb. Yet according to an astrophysicist from the Goddard Space Center, our own universe is only one… of hundreds of billions of other […]

What We Know and Don’t Know

In the ongoing search for answers to what happened to Malaysian Flight 370 the plight of those waiting for word on the fate of their loved ones is reaching a new level of frustration, anger, and lingering hope. Ships from several nations comb a sea that, according to one source, is littered with 20 million […]

Lost

Now that Malaysian officials have declared flight 370  lost—beyond all reasonable doubt—many are thinking today about the reality of unanswered prayer. Some will hear in the groans and silence certainty that there is no God. Others will see reason to believe that, for now, God alone can make sense of the lingering questions of who, […]

The Clue

The mystery of Malaysian Flight 370 and its missing 239 passengers and crew may be about to be solved. Or the possible signs of wreckage spotted by satellite off the coast of Australia may prove to be another false lead. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been thinking about a far greater mystery that […]

The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines 370

At any moment we may hear the answer. But for now the mysterious disappearance of the 239 passengers and crew of the missing 777 has captured the minds and hearts of the world. For many of us, the developing story raises disturbing questions of personal risk and security, procedural errors, truth and misinformation in reporting, […]

Sexual Pain and Beauty

This past week I heard the story of a young woman who described her years and accomplishments in college sport, and then as a professional athlete, while hiding the untold shame of a shattered childhood. Only after leaving the daily pressures and showcase of competition did she finally begin to look in the mirror, and […]

The Glory Seeker

Some of us might find it difficult to be around those who use whatever occasion or means they can to call attention to their own successes. Yet at the same time we can be blind to the endless, subtle, and ironic means by which we ourselves seek attention, affirmation, and praise. Maybe it is because […]

In the End and Beginning

As we come to the end of the Sochi Winter Games, an article in the Washington Post asks whether any other host city will ever be able to match the size, cost, and 51 billion dollar showcase created by Vladimir Putin. At the same time we are hearing stories of some athletes who expect this […]

She Did What She Could

This week on Discover the Word, Elisa Morgan has been leading our conversations with a study of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume, mixing it with her tears, and then drying them with her hair. When some present objected saying that she had wasted what could have been sold for money that […]

Sochi

Seeing the nations of the world coming together peacefully around the common language of sport says a lot about our shared humanity. So does the fact that our athletes are competing with one another for personal and national glory in snow covered mountains, surrounded by fences and armies of anti-terrorist security. May be a small […]

The Spirituality of Sport

On the heels of Seattle’s stunning Super Bowl victory over Denver, and in the week leading up to 18 televised nights of the Sochi Winter Games, it seems like a good time to think about one of life’s great ironies. In some ways religion and the games we play seem like a strange pairing. But […]