The Most Unlikely Guest

Our house sometimes feels like grand central station. We constantly come and go, and have friends, family members, babysitters, and sometimes others coming and going as well. We have what might be called an open door policy: people are welcome at most hours of most days. We host people several times a week, at different […]

Wrestling with God

One of the devotionals that I regularly use during my daily time with God is the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 Ministries. This app is free to download and is compatible with iOS and Android. The First 5 app provides written Bible teaching Monday through Friday, with a teaching video every Saturday that includes a summary of […]

Money and the Moral Balance

Doing good with some our money may have an unexpected effect: we feel like we’ve checked the God-box and can do what we want with the rest of it. I’ll let Jesus do the heavy lifting so you’re not upset with me: “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing […]

15 Years

I remember how nervous I was fifteen years ago while waiting for Jana to walk down the aisle at our wedding.  As I stood there anxiously, the thought of fleeing the scene crossed my mind.  As I wrestled with running or staying, the ceremonial music started and Jana walked toward me through the falling autumn […]


As I walk the five blocks to the bus stop, I pass the glorious red maple tree on the right. And then the poplar, its yellow leaves fluttering over the car parked on Fourth Avenue. It is my third fall in this place, so far from what I have known before. This place is Bethlehem, […]

One Month Later

On Friday, September 16, 2016, I said the most painful goodbye I’ve ever made when my older sister, who had been battling cancer for almost five years, died at the age of 38.  I had thought I was prepared for her death, having watched her suffer for months.  I saw her grow weaker in her […]