Study Smarter

It's crazy to me that we're finishing up our dwelling on Psalm 107. In case you missed one of the last few Fridays, we looked at different ways to read this particular passage. Here they are again: A redemptive reading A systematic reading A contemplative reading An experiential reading And now for the final approach:... Continue Reading →

Get Your Thanks On

A post-Thanksgiving psalm: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from humdrum lives and gathered in from faraway towns. Some traveled on the highways, lost and ready for pumpkin pie; hungry and thirsty, their... Continue Reading →

The Slow Path

Congratulations! You've successfully entered the season for making long treks. The US Department of Transportation states that "travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by 54% over Thanksgiving weekend." Obviously, there are faster and slower ways of getting where we want to go. We're kind of obsessed with fast, and, unfortunately, that... Continue Reading →

Systematic Gratitude

Last week we looked at Psalm 107—our focus for the month—through a redemptive lens (where is Jesus in this passage?). This week we'll use a systematic approach. It asks, "What biblical themes thread throughout this text?" (Another way to systematically read is to look at this particular psalm in the context of the entire book... Continue Reading →

Jesus Prepackaged

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—commercialism hasn't really warped it into something it's not, and it's unique among the nations. For Christians especially, November ushers in a returning to contentment, gratitude for abundance (or even just enough), and remembering the God who never fails us. But the idea of expressing thanks isn't new by... Continue Reading →

Life-Filled Worship

Have you ever felt bored during church worship? People are yawning, Granny's in the back sleeping, friends are texting on their cell phones. No wonder non-Christians see this as lame: it is lame, forcing ourselves to sit through it because it’s what we should do. It’s what makes God happy, right? No. He's probably drooling... Continue Reading →

The God Who Sees Me

My husband had a full-on conversation with a grandma dressed in one of those huge t-shirts with a bikini-clad body printed on it, completely oblivious to the rest of the camp staff's smirks. It didn't even register. Mrs. Geraldine had just wanted to play a prank on this new youth pastor and tease him about... Continue Reading →

With Fear and Trembling

I've done some dancing in my life—first in ballet slippers, then in a college survey course, and finally the day I married Riley. I have no problem admitting a lack of grace (I've actually been told I look like an epileptic chicken when I attempt "creative movement"), but the way dancers move has always fascinated... Continue Reading →

A Devotion on Death

A while ago, I settled in for my morning devotion time of studying the book of Philippians. The house was quiet, my vanilla pillar candle flickered, and I zoned in on the chunk of chapter 1, verses 21 through 24: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am... Continue Reading →

Glad Tidings of Great Joy

Buried in the Old Testament’s prophecies about rebellion, judgment, and the wrath of God is a beautiful bit of hope. In my favorite verse of all time, Zephaniah shouts, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by... Continue Reading →

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