Thank You, Moses

Thank You, Moses

Dear Moses, Gender, nationality, age, geography, and time in history—we are radically different, you and I. God used you to free a nation, destroy the oppressors, give the law, set up the tabernacle, and pen the Pentateuch. Given all that—it does not seem that we have...
Holy Defiance

Holy Defiance

I’m guessing Shiphrah and Puah may not be names you recognize, but—trust me—they matter! Their story is astounding. These two middle-eastern women were famine refugees in a forced labor camp. Among the refugees, they were the lowest of the low. Status in their culture...
Will This Be On the Test?

Will This Be On the Test?

Will this be on the test? Why do we have to learn this? When am I ever going to use this? Many assume questions like these come from kids who are lazy and want to do the least they can to get by. You wish your students would take a longer view and not just cram for...
Stories Like Stars

Stories Like Stars

It was full dark when I left home. By the time I drove out of town, the world was pre-dawn grey. As the sun topped the mountains, the growing light turned the world around me full-color beautiful.  The brilliance of the sunrise fueled my hope as I drove towards...
The Game of Faith

The Game of Faith

The maze I developed for a game recently did not seem especially challenging.  To make it through, each contestant had to— 1) Step on lily pads floating on a liquid-lava-lake (which looked a lot like squares of paper towel on a carpet).   2) High step...
A Truer Story

A Truer Story

It’s that time of year when people ask—How was your summer? I find I have multiple ways to describe this past season.  It was the worst of times. Partway through, I remember thinking how hard this summer was. After years of watching God provide incredible work and...
Words: Powerful They Are

Words: Powerful They Are

There’s this thing called confirmation bias. Britannica online defines it as “the tendency to process…by looking for, or interpreting, information consistent with one’s existing beliefs.” I’m sure the phrase was not original to him, but my dad used to say, “A...
Cheerful (or Not)

Cheerful (or Not)

As I stood in line at the grocery, my thoughts were interrupted by the young man in front of me.  “Are you okay?” he asked. Startled, I looked up. “Yes.”  “You’ll get through it,” he said. “Whatever it is.”  I gave him a baffled look. “You just look so sad,...
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

College freshman often struggle to pick a major. I, on the other hand, was quite sure at 18 that I should study elementary education—which was ironic since I was lousy at school, had no desire to be in a classroom, and wasn’t sure I wanted to work with kids. Why in...
Serving by Saving Lives

Serving by Saving Lives

I’ve almost drowned 4 times. That 4th one was the most embarrassing because I was not only a lifeguard—but a lifeguard trainer. In my defense, there was a rip tide involved. Here’s what happened. I was at Ventura Beach, California, with some friends—many of whom were...

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