Hindsight is the mountain of perspective

It was 1978 and I was in the Navy, getting ready to transfer off my first submarine to “shore duty.” The man in charge of assigning me to a duty station told me repeatedly that there was no place else for me to go other than where we already were, in San Diego. We had...

“If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

An insight from the world of bumper-sticker wisdom: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” I spoke with a few people this week who were experiencing significant distress. Although each had had meaningful personal interactions with the Lord during previous ministry...

“Why, O Lord?”

“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany.”  (John 11:1) So begins John chapter 11, one of the most moving and revealing chapters in the New Testament – and one that helps me when people are asking, “Why, O Lord? “Jesus loved Martha and her sister [Mary] and...

The three “T’s” of the spiritual journey

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6) I have observed over the years that folks who come for ministry (or sit in a church on Sunday...