Struggling into Life

We have a floppy baby. Our 11-month old daughter, Daisy, struggles with generalized low muscle tone or “hypotonia.” This means that her muscles are uncoordinated and her muscles tire out rather quickly. Everything is affected—from coordination of muscle groups to small muscles that help with various movements. Someone somewhere online described Read more…

Cusshole Confession

I was on break at work on Thursday when I read about the President’s genuinely atrocious remarks on immigration. Frustration and anger settled over me as I considered the layers of arrogance, callousness, and foolishness reflected by his words. And evidently I wasn’t alone. Everyone from journalists to spiritual leaders leapt onto Twitter Read more…

Trust and the Terrible Year

2017 was a hard year. It felt like a year of near weekly calamities, large and small. We had a flight-for-life with our second daughter hours after birth. We’ve been in Children’s Hospital’s ICU three times; we’ve worried about our baby’s health through surgery, scans, scopes, suctions, blood tests and Read more…

More Than Us

We’re going to be in Luke 4 today. Today is the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and it marks the beginning of the season of Lent— the season of sobering reflection that leads us to the crucifixion of Jesus. Today we reflect once Read more…

Jesus, The Dual Surprise

SPOTLIGHT JESUS 1 of 8 We’ve entered into the season of the year called Epiphany that follows the season of Advent and the feast of Christmas. That’s right—the church tells time a little differently than the calendars we hang on our wall. The church tells time around Jesus. Because time told Read more…

The Jolly Thief

Revelation 16 of 16 This is the last Sunday of Advent and it’s our last Sunday in the book of Revelation… so we’ll be in Revelation 22 today. Next Sunday is Christmas Day… next week is arrival of God into the world. It’s the day when we celebrate that a Read more…

Everything New

Revelation 15 of 16 We’re in the home stretch now—Revelation 21 today. Have you ever struggled through something long, something painful, but then on the other side of it you’ve thought: “Oh man… all the struggle, all the pain just can’t compare with this.” “It was worth it.” Maybe it Read more…

The Seven Bowls

Revelation 12 of 16 We’re going to be in Revelation 15 and 16 this morning— John of the island of prison island of Patmos under the reign of Roman Empire has had a vision. And he’s been sharing that vision with us for 14 chapters. It’s this vision of all-powerful, Read more…

A Grape Victory

Revelation 11 of 16 We’re going to be in Revelation 14 today. The Bible ends with a strange book, in case you haven’t noticed over the last ten weeks. It’s this letter bursting with symbols, colors, and patterns; it’s overflowing with memorable characters and battles and beasts; it’s telling this Read more…