The Dry Ground Grows – Isaiah 53


My friend’s young son is dying. They expect the death soon. There is nothing that any of us can do about it.

She’s someone I knew well in college. We lost touch a few months after graduation, but even a decade removed and thousands of miles away, it’s easy to still care about her. A lot. She’s vibrant, sweet, hilarious, and unswerving—that rare, riveting combination of strength and ease. People flock to her. And though I’ve never met her boy, from what I’ve seen of him, he clearly inherited the rowdy, miniature version of his mama’s charm. A few years of cancer, surgeries, and treatments don’t dim a spirit like that; they only spotlight it.

Oh, what a loss. Unimaginable, unspeakable.

At the End of a Tough Year – Revelation 22

Most people are thinking about beginnings this week, but I’m behind the eight ball and still thinking about endings. I submit as evidence the fact that my “2014 in Review” is here post-calendar-turn instead of pre-.

So: endings. And Revelation 22, the chapter at the Bible’s ending. Earlier this week, I was stopped by verse 7 of the passage: “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Keep the words. When we encounter a phrase like this in Scripture, often we take it to mean “obey or else.” That’s because often our knee-jerk reaction in matters of Scripture is to treat it like a rulebook and a list of consequences for broken rules. We assume God’s ultimate word to us is about a hammer dropping. We fear that if we fail to toe the line, he’ll pulverize us.

Sneak Peak! Your Beautiful Heart
25 July 2014

Well, looky here. It’s your first glimpse and first opportunity to order my upcoming project with Lauren Scruggs. Her book Your Beautiful Heart is fantastic, and I recommend it for any teen girl or young woman, or any woman for that matter. You are going to love it! (Amazon gets traffic because, as far as I can tell, it’s the first retailer to go public with this—see others? Let me know!)

In Progress: New Look, New Everything

If you’re thinking I should probably hire a web designer to fix my site, then you’ve probably noticed there’s some polish missing in this corner of the web lately. I’m giving a facelift, in little bits at a time. I hope it’s not any kind of inconvenience for you as you browse—the end goal is a site that’s

Sex, Love, and the God of “More” – 1 Thessalonians 4


1 Thessalonians 4 is part of a letter from Paul to the Christian church in Thessalonica. The chapter begins with the kinds of subjects that make people feel condemnation hot around their necks: sexual immorality, lust, and passion right out of the gate. These are the impurities (verse 7) Paul pits against a clear expectation of holiness, honor, and sanctification.

If the early church was anything like our churches today, they would’ve met these verses ripe with potential for missing the point.