If You Were Dying

If You Were Dying

In a tiny, 20-by-50-foot air pocket, 24 stories below the ground—nine miners huddled in frigid water—praying for their lives. In a cavern so dark they couldn’t see their hand in front of their face, the men passed the hours snuggled close to each other, and reminiscing about their families. At one point, when it seemed […]

How to Create Momentum

How to Create Momentum

I’ve always been fascinated by trains. I used to lay in bed at night, before falling asleep, and imagine climbing into a freight car and traveling across the country. Even now when I hear a faraway train whistle from the deck of my house it stirs up an urge to travel. I’ve also developed a […]

Something God Never Did

Something God Never Did

I used to ask God to show himself to me. He never did. I can’t help but think my faith would be stronger if an angel, or angels, appeared to me as they did to Elisha’s servant. If you recall the story, then you know it’s an impressive illustration of God’s existence in a parallel […]

Why Doesn’t God Show Up?

Why Doesn’t God Show Up?

Between my late teens and early twenties, I became convinced that I was on the verge of a spiritual epiphany—a paradigm shift that would revolutionize how I viewed and interacted with God. It would upset my conventional understanding of Christianity, replacing it with something contagious and overflowing. It would transform a structured, rote belief-system into a radical, fresh faith.

Deep down, I wanted God to impact the world . . . my world. I wanted prayer to cause miracles. I wanted faith to move mountains. I wanted what I believed to alter how I interacted with others.

He Slammed His Fist Down

He Slammed His Fist Down

One day a man sat across from my desk and accused me of insensitivity. Not a novel observation. In the past my mother, father, wife, children, best friends, casual acquaintances, and strangers had pointed it out to me. That’s why his insight didn’t bother me. One thing did bother me though. I disliked the sledge-hammer way […]