Sharing Anguish: A Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. Their names were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.

When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief.

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for read more

Home Place

A tepid breeze lifted the leaves of the cotton plants behind the home place mixing scents of pine needles and the show pigs housed in the barn. The barns and house were bathed in heat and light that simmered and stewed.

It’s not the same walls and roof that sheltered earlier generations, the years had taken their toll and in place of the old, new walls had been constructed. Ten siblings along with their parents lived life in the white farmhouse, ten siblings that would go on to have dozens read more

Check Your (Spiritual) Blind Spots

When I first joined Bible Study Fellowship in 2015, the book they were studying was Revelation. God led me to join that particular year to address the gaps in my understanding regarding this mysterious book of the Bible. To say it was rewarding would be an understatement. God clearly spoke through His word and I appreciated the balanced, yet joyous approach of BSF to this controversial book.

One of the weeks, we learned about the church of Laodicea. Laodicea is the last of the churches that read more

When Words Come Slowly

Words have come slowly to me the past two weeks or so. Every time I open my journal or launch Evernote, the words wind around my mind and fingers, then disappear into the wind like vapor. Spiritual attacks, my own negative attitude, and plain old fear, resentment, and insecurity have all worked against me and my words. At the same time, I’ve sensed the Lord refining the direction my writing is taking and I’ve struggled to readjust my bags, reset my GPS, and take a breath.

Words. Where read more