There are two things that happen in all of our lives that can become obstacles to faith. All humans face times of tragedy and monotony, crisis and boredom. And both the tragic and the monotonous times can be great barriers to faith. Surprisingly, even though tragedies sound far more sinister and hazardous to faith, people … Continue reading tragedy and monotony: two killers
Have you ever played with a partially inflated balloon, or a tied off surgical glove? If you have, you’ve noticed a curious dynamic. When we squeeze a limp balloon in our fist the pressure from our grip displaces air and causes bulges to appear in between our knuckles or thumb. Then, if we try to … Continue reading popping the balloon
Did you ever play Sorry! or other childhood games where you hoped for a card that would move you forward extra spaces, or advance you to GO, or allow you to favorably swap spots with another player? Wasn’t it awesome when your turn let you avoid dangerous setbacks and sail safely around the board? Do … Continue reading Move forward two spaces
In C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children receive gifts from Father Christmas in Narnia: Peter gets a sword and shield, Susan gets a bow, arrows, and a horn that summons help whenever it is blown, and Lucy gets a dagger and a small, diamond vial filled with a … Continue reading What was Lucy’s potion made of?
Try harder! Try harder! It is the mantra of both American culture and American Christianity. Do you want to get ahead? Work harder! Do you want to excel? Do more! Do you want to be a better Christian? Strive more intensely! Do you need to deal with some sin or struggle in your life? Start … Continue reading Trying harder is not your best option