Finding Rest in the Messiah

Finding Rest in the Messiah

  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28 I love an unexpected snow day. There is just something about the quiet and beauty in a fresh dusting of snow that invites us to rest. Have you thought about rest, wanting...
Willful Seasonal Amnesia

Willful Seasonal Amnesia

    It happens every year—football season begins, the weather starts to cool, and Thanksgiving comes and goes; then enters the sentimentalism and nostalgia of the Christmas season. By the middle of November I see “baby Jesus” everywhere—on cards,...
Unanswered Prayer?

Unanswered Prayer?

  How are we to handle the unanswered prayers of our prayers for our children, our spouses, our intimate friends, and even for ourselves? Has God failed to hear us (Isa. 1:15)? Has He heard us and said “No.” (Deut. 28:15, 68)? Has He delayed His response (Jn....
Who Needs Theology?

Who Needs Theology?

  Recently, I was studying at my favorite coffee shop, when a man glanced over and noticed the stack of theology books occupying my table. He said, “what are you reading?” I handed him two of the systematic theology books I was reading, and he said “isn’t it...
Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

  Mother’s Day used to be much simpler to me. I had a wonderful mom and I truly enjoyed the chance to pause, remember all the ways she loved and cared for me, and tell her I was thankful. But two years ago I lost my beloved mom to suicide, and the Mother’s Day...
A Prayer for Good Friday

A Prayer for Good Friday

  From the Devotional: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions MY FATHER, Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips, supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’ There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy...