Going Metron

The bakery started as a small hole-in-the-wall, hidden behind a single glass door along a narrow Taiwanese alley. This mom-and-pop shop smelled of freshly baked bread the moment you opened the door. Joint-owned by a Kiwi chef and his Chinese wife, Chef Dereke named it Finga’s, for everything within was handmade. In time, Dereke and his wife Lily were no …

Precious Memories

The music was different here. Unlike the staticky radio in Daddy’s Ford, this music was living and active, piercing my nine-year-old heart and energizing my soul. We didn’t just listen to the music; we sang along, from the youngest Sunbeam to the oldest member of the Brotherhood. This was the wooden church of my childhood. I knew this place well …

The Rewarder

Often, the best words on the page are the ones only used once. Explicitly crafted by the author to surprise the reader with insight, a single well-chosen word can open a glorious portal for inspiration. How much more thought-provoking is a word unique to an entire book? I recently stumbled across one such word in the epistle to the Hebrews. Used nowhere …

Faith Believes. Period.

Faith believes what God says. Period. It doesn’t believe and then figure out His method. True faith is not worrying about how He will act but merely trusting that He will. I confess to frequently getting tangled in the anxiety of God’s how. I can resonate with God’s promise, but then, with my next breath, try to figure out how …

Fired Faith

Holy Father, Why am I so opposed to going through the fire?  You promised that You would never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 24:20), but somehow I still have my doubts. I confess that when I look back on my life, I see Your complete faithfulness. But then again, there is tomorrow. What’s the deal? It’s that trust thing, …

Checklists and Checkmarks

  The morning of the party had arrived. Because I wanted everything to be just right, I’d asked both Mark and our teenaged daughters to help.    Everyone had a list. Clean the bathroom. Dust your room. Unload the dishwasher. And because I like checking things off the list, each detail included a small hand-drawn box beside it. When all boxes are …