The Refiner’s Fire

I wonder if you, like me, have grown weary of patterns in your own life. As I have grown older, I have recognized that there are certain impulses and tendencies in my personality that I have worked very hard to overcome, but they are still there, causing me – and others – no end of trouble. I am looking forward to passing through the refiner’s fire. I am so joyful to know that those traits will be judged and gone forever. … More The Refiner’s Fire

Where Peace Is Found

The story of our culture is one of upward mobility. We want to upgrade everything, as soon as possible, as quick as possible. We want to upgrade our starter home to a custom home with a little acreage and a view. We want to move higher up in our company, so that we have a higher income with higher perks and privileges. We want the fastest, the newest, and the largest. This is our culture’s story. … More Where Peace Is Found


Thanksgiving in the midst of suffering is counter-intuitive. After all, we tend to praise God for the good seasons, for a spouse who loves, for healthy kids, for the home we always dreamed of, for a fulfilling career. And yet God invites us to give thanks, rejoice, and praise him at all times. … More Thanksgiving