On Giving God Advice

“And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Genesis 17:18 When God told Abraham his wife would have a biological son, Abraham laughed. It sounded great, of course, but it was impossible. They had been down this road before with nothing to show for it. Nothing except Ishmael of course,Continue reading “On Giving God Advice”

When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” Psalm 13:1-2 _______________________________ Sarah had had it. She was done. The promise of that long-awaited child had been nonsense, a joke,Continue reading “When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises”

Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection

Jesus was dead. Jesus was dead, and there was no going back. It had been three days already, and three days marked the expiration date of any lingering hope of resurrection. They had opened themselves up so vulnerably to a hope that seemed too good to be true. And it had been too good toContinue reading “Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection”

Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about how the Lord has convicted me of romanticizing my sin.  In the same way that the Israelites decorated their idols with gold and silver (Isaiah 40:18-19), I’ve painted sinful thought patterns in so many layers of lies that I’ve actually believed they were beautiful. Odysseus’ approach to theContinue reading “Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)”

Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 1)

A story from Greek mythology that has stuck with me is that of the Sirens. The famous warrior Odysseus is making his way home from war when his ship must pass by the Sirens: half-women, half-birds who sing a song that is achingly beautiful, and until then, had led to the death of all whoContinue reading “Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 1)”