The Mind Game

Head in Hands, the God-Man sagged forward, allowing the bleached stone to support His fatigued Frame. Stretched out before Him lay the haggard wilderness of the Judean hills. Although other regions of this terrain blossomed fertile and green, this barren outcropping had scant vegetation due to its scorching furnace heat and cutting desert winds. As far as His Eyes could see, …

God’s Petri Dish

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Humanity looks for Him amid the fashionable, and we are disappointed to find so much emptiness there. We seek Him among the influential and are disillusioned by noteworthy lives. We hope for Him in the educated and are discouraged when we come to the end of human wisdom.  Our search is misplaced. His …

The Small Things

It had been one of those days. Even after crawling into bed, I could still smell the vomit. The day started at 5 a.m. with heaves from our five-year-old’s bedroom—stomach flu. When I hadn’t been mopping a floor or a brow, I’d been sanitizing to keep everyone else well. To top it off, the three-year-old felt a little too good, …

The Waterfall

I stood at the edge of the precipice, afraid to look down. Stepping as far as I dared, my knees trembled, and my heart palpitated wildly. I was here by choice, knowing that remaining in safety wouldn’t do.  Before me lay the proof of the waters I’d heard. Tumbling freight train loud and hurricane strong, the falls poured straight down from an unknown source …

The Necessity of Tears

“Your churches have much,” the convocation speaker summarized. Since he hailed from the People’s Republic of China, I assumed his visit to the Taiwan Baptist Seminary proved impressive. After all, Christians here in democratic Taiwan knew unlimited freedom. He’d mentioned our liberty to worship, pray, and evangelize, all of which stimulated a sense of pride among professors and students alike. …

Perfect Weakness

“Power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) What is perfect power? Boundless energy? Surging potential? Superhuman strength? In the past, these were my expectations. Yet, in practical reality, His perfect power doesn’t feel a lot different from thoroughly worn-out weakness. Since the spiritual realm is a radically different plane from the natural realm, we should expect spiritual strength to …

The Cracked Pot

Without thinking, I reached for the chipped bowl. My mother and grandmother used it extensively years before, and now it is my favorite too. Despite the hair-line crack, it remains my go-to container for meal preparation. I knew it was clean because I’d used it just a few hours prior. In fact, it was still in the dish drainer, having …