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Redeeming Self-Care

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on May 9, 2022. You can find it here.) Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you... Continue Reading →

John 14 Wrap-Up

The next stop on our worldwide tour needs no introduction—welcome to Disneyland! This embodiment of hope-filled wonder is the stuff of childhood dreams; sheer anticipation of a trip is enough to keep a kid awake for a month. In the fourteenth chapter of John, Jesus lays out massive promises for those who love Him. The... Continue Reading →

The Chronic Gospel

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on March 8, 2022. You can find it here.) One in 3,200.  That's the statistic: for every 3,200 live births in the US, one sweet baby will have a rare, incurable, progressive disease called cystic fibrosis. On July 1, 2020, my daughter arrived... Continue Reading →

How Not to Treat a Dead Guy

Imagine something with me for a minute. Let's say you're a mortician. Yup, you work with corpses. The only human beings you encounter from 9 to 5 have no pulse. And then let's say that their being dead starts to annoy you. It's little things at first—the pasty skin, the unmistakable odor, the limp limbs... Continue Reading →

Change of Heart

There’s this great scene at the end of Disney’s 1967 hit, The Jungle Book. Mowgli has spent the entire movie fighting to avoid the “man village.” He’s run away from anyone intent on reuniting him with his own kind. Despite his friends’ best attempts to save that scrawny little neck of his from the threat... Continue Reading →

John 13 Wrap-Up

Attention, travelers! We've arrived at Kirkjufell ("Church Mountain") in Iceland just in time to catch a spectacular view of the aurora borealis. This natural phenomenon can be instantly recognized by its colorful dance blazing across the night sky, and it's especially stunning here. In the same way we see such beauty on display and immediately... Continue Reading →

Sabbath Rescue

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on... Continue Reading →

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