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What are We Hearing?

What do we hear in the words of a king who sobs over a son who died trying to overthrow his own father, “Oh Absalom, my son Absalom, if only I had died instead of you”? 2Sam 18:33 Is the emotion similar to what we hear in the boldness of a leader who asks for […]

Seven Days to Remember

The seven days we remember this week were a long time in coming. Heaven didn’t seem to be in a hurry.  Since the first hint and promise of a rescue, thousands of troubled years had passed. No one’s parents had survived. Everyone’s children were dying. A brief moment of expectation was followed by 30 silent […]

The Gift of Time

This is National Volunteer Week in the U.S. April 6-12 has been set apart as a time to honor those who have given one of the greatest treasures in life to the service of others. During the week I’ve had a chance to have lunchtimes with groups of Service Partners who donate time to our […]

Lost

Now that Malaysian officials have declared flight 370  lost—beyond all reasonable doubt—many are thinking today about the reality of unanswered prayer. Some will hear in the groans and silence certainty that there is no God. Others will see reason to believe that, for now, God alone can make sense of the lingering questions of who, […]

The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines 370

At any moment we may hear the answer. But for now the mysterious disappearance of the 239 passengers and crew of the missing 777 has captured the minds and hearts of the world. For many of us, the developing story raises disturbing questions of personal risk and security, procedural errors, truth and misinformation in reporting, […]

In the End and Beginning

As we come to the end of the Sochi Winter Games, an article in the Washington Post asks whether any other host city will ever be able to match the size, cost, and 51 billion dollar showcase created by Vladimir Putin. At the same time we are hearing stories of some athletes who expect this […]

The Vision of Sochi

Seeing the nations of the world coming together peacefully around the common language of sport says a lot about our shared humanity. So does the fact that our athletes are competing with one another for personal and national glory in snow covered mountains, surrounded by fences and armies of anti-terrorist security. May be a small […]

The Spirituality of Sport

On the heels of Seattle’s stunning Super Bowl victory over Denver, and in the week leading up to 18 televised nights of the Sochi Winter Games, it seems like a good time to think about one of life’s great ironies. In some ways religion and the games we play seem like a strange pairing. But […]

Avoiding the Potholes

With the recent thaw after a lengthy period of below normal temperatures, Michigan roads have suddenly become littered with axle-busting potholes. Our local paper reported yesterday that road crews are out trying to fill as many as possible. But as the the snow has begun to fall again, we have more than slippery conditions to […]

Mark of the Forgiven

With just a few words, someone who knew what it was like to deny Christ gave us a lot to think about. According to Peter, if we are not growing in our love for others, we have forgotten how much we’ve been forgiven (2Peter 1:8-9). Jesus said something similar to a Pharisee who objected when […]