Lessons from the gym

I love a good word picture. Here is one I will call “Lessons from the Gym.” Every personal trainer will tell their clients of the importance of fluids, preferably water. Trainers can tell during a workout when a person has not consumed enough water – the individual...

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...