The Bad News of the Gospel

C.S. Lewis in his renowned book, Mere Christianity, talks about a person’s walk with God beginning with dismay, not comfort. Not a comforting thought, is it? We so often want to soft-sell God, to start with the good news of peace and joy, to clean up the messy Old Testament passages, and to overlook the

The Best Christmas Gift Ever – Emmanuel, God With Us

During this advent season, the kids and I have been reading the Christmas story in Luke and Matthew over and over again at bedtime.  Shepherds and angels are starting to appear in my dreams – which is exactly what I wanted.  My hope was that we would so immerse ourselves in the wonder of the

How to Cultivate a Heart of Thanksgiving Every Day

Isn’t it refreshing to be in the midst of a season that encourages us to stop and count our blessings?  I’m so thankful that Thanksgiving is not a gift-giving holiday in the traditional sense.  That will be upon us soon enough!  But before another turn of the calendar pages, our thoughts can linger like a