Jonah Wasn’t the Main Character

When you grow up in Sunday School, it’s tempting to think you know everything there is to know about the book of Jonah. I mean, we all grew up with the story. Flannelgraphs of a giant whale (even though we know it was a fish); Bible story books with pictures …

Why Do You Sing On Sunday?

  On the surface, a concert isn’t that much different from Sunday morning worship. Sure, there are some differences. But if you think about it, both involve music. Both have someone standing up front, usually with a guitar, and singing into a mic while the audience sings along from their …

Newness of Heart

I was pretty familiar with Colossians 3 before I started studying it last weekend. Colossians 3:1-4 (“set your mind on the things above…”) has always been a favorite passage. Our youth group has gone through the book twice that I remember. The focus of the chapter is “put off/put on” – we’ve …

Seeing God’s Mercy In a Paradise Lost

Shame. The searing, unfamiliar sense of guilt. The biggest leaves they could find, hastily pieced together to cover the bodies they had only just realized were naked. The terrifying sound of the footsteps they used to welcome. Awe, wonder, and intense love now turned to gripping fear. Blame and anger rearing …

The Siren Song of Social Media

When I was younger, I was the perfect homeschooler. I didn’t have any electronic devices, unless you counted a Kindle Classic (you know, the kind that looks like paper and doesn’t have a touchscreen) and a digital camera. Well, you know, things change. I have three screens now (and an …

Walking in Truth (2 Names That Start With D)

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” (3 John 4) John the apostle had a powerful love for the churches under his care. He may have been a Son of Thunder, but he was also the beloved disciple, the one closest …