Four Reasons God is Great

Psalm 96 has been dubbed the “Missionary Song of the Church” (HSBC). And for good reason—it shows the beautifully and powerfully connected relationship God’s people experience between our witness for God (vs 1-3) and our worship of God (vs. 7-13). Right in the middle of … Read More

When It Rains, He Pours

Inconveniences are actually opportunities in disguise. Such was the case this past Saturday night into most of the day Sunday. Ankeny, the city where I live, received 10 inches of rain in just 3 hours on Saturday evening. Talk about a deluge. In fact, a … Read More

What’s “Regular Time with God” for a Young Mom?

We only lived a couple of miles from church, but that ride home back in 1993 contained a conversation I’ll always remember. We were just bearing right onto Mt. Vernon Road from Fairburn Road, with our son upright in his car seat and our daughter, … Read More

Plodding Under Providence

Here are three tips for traveling well under the doctrine of providence, that unseen-in-the-moment but clear-as-a-bell-later assurance that God is guiding all things towards his worthy will. Providence doesn’t minimize planning or remove responsibility. It isn’t a loophole for laziness. You can trust and try … Read More

The Problem Isn’t Providence: Why People Dislike the Doctrine

No one fully understands God’s providence. Though we believe it and trust it, we simply don’t “get” it. Our finite minds are just that—finite—and our understanding limited. Anyone who says they do is lying to you. Still, just because we don’t “get” it doesn’t give … Read More

13-Year Old Napkin Notes

It was somewhat surreal, and a little surprising. Not that I had expected something really different, but it was still a reason to raise the eye-brows a bit. That was my reaction to an email from Pastor Chris, one that contained a letter and some … Read More

Summer Book Review: “Knowing Jesus” [Ch. 6]

Today we post the final segment in our summer book review on Wright’s Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, a book I thoroughly enjoyed this past year. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, do so and read it around the Christmas holidays. It’ll be … Read More