A Changed Heart

What kind of gear, gadgets, or stuff do you tend to gather? Is it sports equipment, clothing, or home decor? Clutter is my enemy, and I like to keep things pretty simple. Someone recently described my decorating style as “sparse.” I’m not sure if that was a compliment, but I’ll own it. I mean, I love a delivery box at my door like the next girl, but mine are usually filled with household items or commentaries.   Where am I going with all this talk about stuff? Today’s post will touch on Paul’s teaching in Romans 2:17-29 and 3:1-8, that gets at the heart of our faith. He helps us …

Need Some Good News?

This summer has had some really special moments but it has also been filled with bad news. We had cars break down and one them bit the dust forever! Our children are growing into adults and with that comes tears over relationships and break-ups. We received news about the death of young man in the prime of his life this summer. At the funeral I felt the deep anguish of a family in shock and grief. Sometimes this summer the bad news for me has just been the continual struggle with sin – my sin, the battles my loved ones fight, and the general effects of sin on the planet. …

Hope in Unwanted Circumstances

The movie Soul Surfer is about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. In one scene of the movie, Bethany is attending a church youth meeting where the youth leader shows the group a couple of magnified images and asks them to guess what each object is. They come up with some funny answers. After showing each magnified image, the youth leader shows a photo that reveals the full object. The point she makes is that it can be hard to make sense of things when you’re looking at them really closely; the same thing, she says, is true in life. Sometimes we …