But When You Give A Banquet . . .

Several years ago, a well-known mega-church pastor discovered in his morning quiet time something he had not noticed before--visit the prisoner. Since then, in his own discovery of neglecting something God had clearly asked of His followers, several prison ministries have been launched, and Christmas gifts have been regularly packed and dispersed to every inmate... Continue Reading →

Love Embraces Suffering

"Suffering is clearly designed by God not only as a way to ween Christians off of self and onto grace, but also as a way to spotlight that grace and make it shine." John Piper In 1 John 3:16-20, the apostle John explains that Jesus was the one who showed us what real love was... Continue Reading →

How About A Little P.D.A.!

It's time to bring back this phrase that has been too often viewed in a negative light. If isolation is what is driving addictions and mental illness, it is intimacy that is the necessary medicine to combat it by making us who we were meant to be. Robert Mulholland defines holiness as living in public... Continue Reading →

Wild Living

"I'd like to redeem the word wild... Our culture has diluted it... The kind of wild the world sees is not our wild. Our wild does not mean driving with no regard for the rules of the road. It doesn't mean TV shows that exploit college girls who are looking for love and acceptance. It... Continue Reading →

Standing With The Disposable

I listened to a five minute clip of Gregory Boyle's commencement address the other day and was pretty much mush for the hours that remained. Towards the end of the graceful story he describes about an ex-gang member turned tender, contributing, peaceful member of society, yet constantly judged by others because of his looks, he... Continue Reading →

Did God Fast?

I've been staring at Isaiah 58:6 on my arm for about four days now. Because it's one of the verses I'm very familiar with, I haven't allowed it to seep into my skin and soul like some of the other ones that have dressed my forearm over the past couple of years. Until today. It... Continue Reading →

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